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Scholarly biography

I am a youth worker and informal educator by trade, only  working full-time in H.E. since 2009. I am currently the programme leader for the Undergraduate Work-based Learning Programme (part-time) at the University of Brighton which caters for early years practitioners, teaching assistants, learning mentors, youth workers and other educators who are not teachers. I have achieved a  Professional Doctorate in Education, researching youth work in digital spaces and places, am Vice-Chair of the Professional Association of Youth and Community Work Lecturers (TAG PALYCW), and a founder director and Treasurer of the Commonwealth Alliance of Youth Work Associations (CAYWA).

I am also a Licensed Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) , a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Institute (SFHEA).

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Brighton

Master, Brunel University


External positions




  • L Education (General)
  • Youth Work, Informal Education.
  • LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
  • Work-Based Learning, Continued Professional Development

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Jane Melvin is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

youth work Social Sciences
youth worker Social Sciences
curriculum Social Sciences
digital media Social Sciences
work research Social Sciences
community work Social Sciences
myth Social Sciences
new technology Social Sciences

Research Output 2012 2019

The Future of Online Youth Work

Melvin, J., 28 Mar 2019, Youth Work: Global Futures. Bright, G. & Pugh, C. (eds.). Netherlands

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearchpeer-review

youth work
youth worker

Developmental Work Research: A Search for Congruence

Melvin, J., 1 Apr 2018, In : Radical Community Work Journal. 3, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
work research
youth work
community work
research method
youth worker

Digital Tools, Spaces and Places - Mediators of Youth Work Practice

Melvin, J., Jun 2018, Online

Research output: Other contributionResearch

youth work
social media
youth worker

The impact of digitalisation on youth work

Melvin, J., 29 Oct 2018

Research output: Non-textual outputDigital or Visual ProductsResearch

Open Access
youth worker
youth work
professional ethics

Digital Tools, Spaces and Places as Mediators of Youth Work Practice.

Melvin, J., Oct 2017, Online

Research output: Other contributionResearch

youth work