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Nationality  British
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Name  Katharine Jewitt

Katharine Jewitt
Full Name  Katharine Elizabeth JewittKatharine Elizabeth Jewitt
Born  13 April 1977 (age 38) (1977-04-13) Preston, Lancashire, England
Occupation  Fellow, Academic, Researcher, Management Consultant, Entrepreneur, Editor-in-Chief
Education  Kirkham Grammar School, Staffordshire University, Open University, University of Glasgow

Katharine Jewitt BA Hons, MA, MAODE, MSc HRM, MRES, MBA, MEd, FHEA, FRSA, FSET (born 13 April 1977) is a Visiting Honorary Associate in The Open University's Faculty for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics, an independent Educational Technology and Management Consultant. She works as a lecturer at The Open University in the Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies; Faculty of Business and Law and The Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnerships. She works for The Open University's Teaching and Learning Centre and International Development Office in a consulting capacity. She also works as a Mentor for FutureLearn and is a Producer Editor for OpenLearn. She mentors staff to achieve Fellowship status for the Higher Education Academy. Previously, Jewitt was Director of Teaching, Learning, Curriculum and Quality at Prospects College of Advanced Technology and has held senior positions in industry, including DHL, Exel and Fujitsu.


Early life

Jewitt was born in 1977 in Preston, Lancashire. She was educated at Kirkham Grammar School, an independent school in Kirkham, Lancashire and went on to achieve a total of eight degrees (six at postgraduate level and one doctorate). She graduated from Staffordshire University with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA Hons) degree in History and Politics. She then gained a postgraduate qualification in Politics at Staffordshire University in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Jewitt continued studying at the Open University gaining a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Science in Human Resource Management, a Master of Arts degree in Online and Distance Education, a Master of Education in Education with Lifelong Learning, a Master of Research in Educational Technology and passed her PhD viva in The School of Education at The University of Glasgow. Jewitt's PhD research was in the use of virtual reality to enhance learning in small and medium enterprises.


Jewitt completed her PhD at University of Glasgow’s School of Education in virtual reality learning in SMEs.

She has much experience in real world research in a range of contexts and has carried out pioneering research, working with local councils to develop an alternative education system for young people excluded from school.

Research activities are in Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL), learners' experiences and uses of technology in learning, mobile learning environments, computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL), learning in virtual, augmented and mixed reality.

Jewitt was appointed a Digital Learning Fellowship by The Education and Training Foundation leading a transformational project to develop and implement a digital learning strategy, for delivery of vocational education of the future.

Jewitt explored specific areas for the application of digital learning and also supporting the wider adoption of good practice in the sector.

Most recently, Jewitt published two research reports and carried out workshop presentations for The Open University’s Assessment Programme, carrying out research on benchmarking best practice in assessment, feedback and feedforward across UK Higher Education Institutions and best practice in supporting students for assessment. She designed and ran a six-week training programme for Lecturers on social networking for practice learning. She was a course writer for The Open University International Development Office working with NESTA in a project to develop ground-breaking innovation learning through a first of its kind modular curriculum on innovation tools and methods.


After university, Jewitt led a successful supply chain and logistics career at Fujitsu before joining DHL, holding a number of roles encompassing programme management, strategic management and business development; project management; customer service management; warehouse management system designs and implementations, supply chain and procurement; operational management and continuous improvement.

Jewitt founded an education and management consultancy and publishing house in the mid 1990s and has subsequently consulted on education and management change projects for many of the FTSE 100 and leading UK colleges and universities.

With 20 years in the supply chain & logistics sector, whilst working across retail, manufacturing, education, government, technology, pharma sectors, which includes specific specialist experience for many large organisations ~ The Ministry of Defence, BAe, IBM, Fujitsu, BT, M&S, Tesco, Sainsburys, Qiagen; Jewitt has significant experience of the development and implementation of strategy in many FTSE 100 organisations, as well as, from working at The Open University.

Charity work

Jewitt is an advocate of causes such as education equality and social justice. Jewitt works as a Prison Educator. She is particularly interested in how technology enhanced learning can help people to develop key life skills and realise their full potential.She founded the Digital Learning Community of Practice.

One of Jewitt’s greatest achievements is working with county councils in England to build an online distance education system for young people excluded from school to be educated from their home. She also developed a virtual learning environment to support and enhance psychological well-being for young people going through key life transition points.

Memberships, awards and honours

Jewitt was awarded a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2008.

In 2012, Jewitt was awarded The University of Glasgow College of Social Sciences PGR Scholarship.

A Digital Learning Fellowship was awarded to Jewitt in April 2015, funded by The Education and Training Foundation.

She served as Chair of the Evaluation of Learners' Experiences of e-learning Special Interest Group (ELESIG) 2015-16,

Jewitt was appointed Microsoft Innovator Educator Expert in November 2015.

In 2016, Jewitt was shorlisted for The Naace Impact Awards for her leadership impact.

Jewitt is one of Top 50 Educational Social Media Users, as awarded by Jisc

Awarded the Institutional Change Leader Award in 2016 by the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA), supported by Jisc. Jewitt was recognised as a Change Leader working in partnership on technology-related curriculum innovation projects in UK further education and skills and higher education.

Jewitt was awarded a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce in 2016.

Jewitt became a Visiting Honorary Associate of the Open University in 2016 in the Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

2017 Horizon Project Higher Education Panel of Experts - Jewitt was invited to be on the panel of experts commissioned to identify the trends that will drive technology adoption; the challenges that will impede the technology options available to institutions unless resolved; and the new developments in educational technology that institutions are most likely to consider over the next five years.

Jewitt was awarded a Fellow of Society for Education and Training in 2017.

Jewitt is a Founding Member of the Chartered College of Teaching, member of the British Educational Research Association (BERA) and member of the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE).

Jewitt passed her PhD viva in 2017.

Personal life

Jewitt lives in Lancashire, with her long-term partner.


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