Dr Jane Cavani
- Lecturer (Interdisciplinary Studies)
I obtained my joint honours MA degree in French and Hispanic Studies (Spanish and Portuguese) from the University of Glasgow. After spending time teaching English at the Université de Caen in Normandy I returned to Glasgow University to teach French language, literature and civilisation.
I then worked within the Institute of Education at the University of Stirling where I was a Research Fellow in the Scottish Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research (Scottish CILT), before returning to the University of Glasgow in 1999 as one of five original foundation lecturers employed on the inauguration of the Dumfries Campus in that year.
I subsequently deepened my interest in educational research by completing a professional doctorate (EdD) in academic identity in higher education.
I have conducted research and published in varying fields related to the study of Modern Languages: French literature and politics, in particular the poetry of the surrealist-turned-communist writer Louis Aragon and the writings of his Russian-born wife Elsa Triolet; genetic criticism and manuscriptology; twentieth century French history and sociology; foreign language acquisition, in particular language learner attitudes and motivation. I also co-authored commissioned research reports on language learning in Scottish schools for both Glasgow City Council Education Department and the Scottish Office Education and Industry Department.
In addition I contributed a co-authored chapter on Dumfries Campus student profile to a 2005 publication outlining the inception of the University of Glasgow in Dumfries, Below the Belt: the founding of a Higher Education Institution (Dumfries: Crichton Publications Series).
My interests are now located in the field of education, in particular higher education. Most recently I have undertaken qualitative, narrative research into academic identity construction and management in higher educaton in the UK, with a specific focus on the impact of contractual differentiation.
Masters dissertation: What is the key to successful implementation of the 1+2 Modern Languages policy?
- Level 1: French for Beginners (convenor and tutor)
- Level 1: Spanish for Beginners (convenor and tutor)
- Level 3: Dissertation - all UG degrees (convenor and supervisor)
- Level 3: Honours Dissertation in Primary Education - preparatory workshops (convenor and tutor)
- Level 4: Honours Dissertation in Primary Education (convenor and supervisor)
In past sessions, I have convened and/or taught on several other courses within the School in the areas of sociology of education, translation theory, literature and philosophy.
In addition I have delivered two lecture courses to first year French students at the Gilmorehill Campus in Glasgow: one on twentieth century French history; and another on the francophone detective writer Didier Daeninckx.
I am currently programme leader for the MSc Enhanced Practice in Education. I convene and teach the following core courses:
- Working in an Inter-agency Environment (convenor and tutor)
- Masters Dissertation (convenor and supervisor)
Service and support roles
My service focus is on both internationalisation and the student experience. To that end I currently undertake roles as School International Lead and Assistant Chief Adviser of Studies.
I have also undertaken, and continue to undertake, a number of outreach activities aiming to bring the University and the local community together, for example contributing to a discussion panel on the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence, or giving invited talks to various groups such as the University of the Third Age, the Franco-Scottish Society, the Rotary Club and local literary societies.
'Higher Education v. Further Education state funding in Scotland: truly "putting learners at the centre"?', At the Crossroads: new directions in teacher education, Canterbury Christchurch University, 16-18 July 2012.
'Narratives of academic identity: being a "teacher" in a research-led university', Exploring Freedom and Control in Global Higher Education, Society for Research into Higher Education Newer and Early Career Researchers' Conference 2016, Celtic Manor, Newport, 6 December 2016.