Jo Richler

Jo's work and research has focused on the management of change, with a specific focus on education. She has worked for twenty five years in further and higher education as a tutor and senior manager, and she has an excellent reputation as a leader and innovator in the field of independent learning and learning resources. In 2004 she was awarded the Learning Resources Manager of the Year by the prestigious World of Learning Awards (other shortlisted nominees included the BBC and Toyota), and in 2006 he was short-listed for the DfES STAR Award for Outstanding Leadership and Inspiration.

Jo is an inspiring speaker and presenter, and is regularly invited to speak at education conferences and seminars, most recently at the Westminster Briefing conference 'Creating a Diverse and Responsive HE sector: What does the future hold for colleges, universities and alternative providers' (Nov. 2011).

Jo's recent research and consultancy work includes projects with Brooke House (new 6th form college - creation of the learning services provision) and City College Norwich (evaluation of provision). Jo was the Senior Advisor (HE in FE) for PALATINE, the HEA Subject Centre for Performing Arts, for whom she researched and wrote 'Looking Further: a landscape survey of the provision of HE performing arts in further education', and she also was commissioned by the HEA's Psychology Network to map the provision of higher education psychology courses in FE colleges, including issues of access. Jo is currently advising on and facilitating a major, year-long strategic change event in Sunderland College, a large educational institution in the North East.

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