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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 have just been appointed to the Partnership Lead role for the School of Education's partnership with the Mauritius Institute for Education (MIE), and am currently the  Asst Programme Leader for the Undergraduate Work-based Learning Programme (part-time).  I have achieved my Professional Doctorate in Education in 2018 researching youth work practice 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).

Research interests

My Ed D research focused on digital technologies as mediators of youth work practice, and I am still really interested in how digital tools and remote learning possibilities can be used within informal education contexts. Of particular interest is the development of digital hybrid pedagogies for educators, and how the digital world impacts on young people, youth culture and identity formation.

I am also very interested in work-based learning and its enabling properties for part-time, mature learners whether in HE, or other learning contexts.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Brighton

Award Date: 2 Jul 2018

Master, Brunel University London

Award Date: 1 Jul 1992

Bachelor, University of North Wales

Award Date: 2 Jul 1985

External positions

Treasurer, Commonwealth Alliance of Youth Work Associations

Director, Professional Association of Youth and Community Work Lecturers


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

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Research Output

Once Upon A Time There Was A Virus..

Melvin, J., 10 Jul 2020.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceOther

  • The Future of Online Youth Work

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

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

  • Towards a Digital Hybrid Pedagogy for Youth Work

    Melvin, J., 4 Jul 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  • Youth Work in a Digital Age: Where Next?

    Melvin, J., 4 Sep 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceOther

  • Developmental Work Research: A Search for Congruence

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

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Activities

    • 1 Consultancy

    Commonwealth Youth Programme

    Jane Melvin (Consultant)


    Activity: Consultancy