Mrs Jane Artess

Position: Principal Research Fellow

College: College of Education

Research Centre: International Centre for Guidance Studies

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Principal Research Fellow in the International Centre for Guidance Studies.

Teaching responsibilities

Previous teaching experience includes undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and/or course leadership of programmes of initial training (for careers work and for teaching); continuing professional development courses for teachers; part-time and distance learning masters programmes and bespoke consultancy training

Research interests

Jane’s predominant research interests focus on transition into the graduate labour market and work-related learning in higher education. She is also interested in career and educational progression - including issues surrounding social mobility and access to graduate employment amongst those from diverse backgrounds.  She maintains an interest in theories of career development and has recently contributed to a pilot to put the career adaptability inventory online.

Membership of professional bodies

Jane is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; a Fellow of the Career Development Institute and a Fellow of the National Association of Careers Education and Counselling.


Jane holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Leeds and a Master of Education from the University of Sheffield.  She is also qualified to teach in post compulsory education and holds a diploma in careers guidance.

Recent publications

BIS (2015) Graduate Employers Recruitment Practices, London, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.


BIS (2014) Learning from Futuretrack: studying and living at home, Research Paper, 167, London. Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.


J Artess, C Ball, P Forbes and T Hughes (2014) Employer Engagement with Taught Postgraduate Courses, for Universities UK.


H Higgins, J Artess and J Redman (2012) Career support for career developers: a literature review for the Open University.


i-graduate with J Artess, P Forbes and A Ripmeester (2011) Supporting Graduate Employability: HEI practices in other countries, BIS research paper no 40, Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.



Recent conferences

  • NSA HE and Schools Partnerships conference, London, May 2010
  • CEI/University of Warwick, 14–19 Work-based Learning, November 2011
  • British Council/LEAP, Bucharest, February 2012
  • European Universities Association, TRACKITT conference, Aarhus University, June 2012
  • Wales STEM Celebration conference, Cardiff, June 2012
  • Employability conference, University of Ulster, May 2013
  • Serbia with European Paradigm of Careers Guidance,  University of Nis, October 2013.
  • UUK Postgraduate Education conference, July 2014
  • National Student Survey national conference, London, November 2014

International experience

Jane’s work has involved contributing to conferences and work programmes in the USA, Denmark, Holland, Romania, Serbia, and all over the UK and Ireland.

In the media

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