Jenny Glen

Lecturer

Education, School of Education and Social Work

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Contact

Email

j.y.glen@dundee.ac.uk

Phone

+44 (0)1382 381447

Location

Old Medical School

Biography

Jenny Glen is currently a Lecturer in Community Education at the University of Dundee.

Jenny teaches and tutors students on the CE (Community Education) programmes including the Work Based route and the MSc in Community Education and also supports the delivery of the BA Professional Development programme for distanced and part time students from a wide range of professional contexts.

Jenny has over 30 years’ experience of youth, adult and community education practice and has led, developed, implemented and managed council-wide services, Government strategies, targeted teams and innovative practice in Edinburgh, London and Fife. Her roles included: the management and development of a London borough youth service and multi-disciplinary team, the development of specific services for young asylum seekers and refugees in London and work with the LGBT+ community in Edinburgh and London. Since returning to Scotland Jenny managed major funding bids for a new community hub in Fife.

Jenny is a Community Education practitioner, a feminist and a member of the LGBT+ community and her teaching stance emphasises the importance of understanding the complexity and lived reality of people’s lives as the basis for transformative change. This approach centres on the values and ethos of Community Education and the fundamental importance of dialogue in teaching and participatory research.

Jenny is currently completing a Professional Doctorate proposal which will explore community education’s response to the climate crisis with a focus on community activism and social justice.

Qualifications

  • 2020: Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice – Associate Module
  • 2019: Certificate of Completion of the LTHE Course
  • 2002 - 2004: MA in Education (Lifelong Learning) Open University, London
  • 1995 -1996: BA in Youth and Community Education, University of Edinburgh
  • 1992-1994: Diploma in Youth and Community Studies, University of Edinburgh

Research

  • A critical analysis of the UK Government’s Teenage Pregnancy Strategy (1999) and the impact of this policy on young parents.
  • The impact of targeted youth services; the evaluation of the Connexions Service and the expansion of the Early Intervention Service for Children, Young People and Families linked to the Governments Troubled Families Programme.
  • The evaluation of the Government’s Teenage Pregnancy Strategy (1999) in the London Borough of Islington.
  • The impact of the Nai Roshni Partnership Young Peoples Project, Slough.
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Teaching

Jenny has been teaching, lecturing and tutoring within the Community Education undergraduate, postgraduate and work-based programmes since 2016 and has been Practice Learning Convenor since 2018.

Her approach to teaching is to encourage students to think critically, using dialogue and student led learning. Jenny provides pastoral and academic support to a significant number of full time, part time and distanced learning students. Jenny’s main areas of teaching are focused within the following themes and topics:

  • Values and self determination
  • Social Justice
  • Community development
  • Developing sustainable organisations in Community Education
  • Critically pedagogy
  • Practice Learning

Jenny has extensive experience on community boards:

  • 2019 - Active member of Tayport Community Trust
  • 2018 – PLANT Board, Tayport, Fife
  • 2002 – Young Parents Support Group, Coram Family Centre, Kings Cross, London
  • 1997 – Slough Young Women’s Group
  • 1989 - Founder member, Stonewall Youth Project, Edinburgh