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Ms Jackie Adamson

Senior Lecturer

Department: Newcastle Business School

Dr Jackie Adamson is a scholar in educational psychology with a passion for working with students to enable them to maximise their potential in relation to their education and future employability.

She is a Senior Lecturer in Information Sciences at the iSchool of Northumbria University .  Her research publications cross a number of interdisciplinary boundaries between education, personal development, psychology and employability.  Her recent publications look at engagement of HE students in developing their employability skills and attributes.

At Northumbria University she has been instrumental in developing an approach to embed employability within a constructively re-aligned curriculum within the Information Sciences department for undergraduate students and this has contributed to the overall improvement of the student experience.  She has been involved in a number of collaborative research projects relating to Personal Development Planning (PDP) and Employability, and contributed to a number of national and international conferences, including EARLI SIG International Conference in UK and Germany, JISC research into eportfolios, ISSoTL conference, Canada, Assessment in HE conference, Carlisle.  In addition, she was involved with the ELLI Research Project (Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory) and part of the International Coalition into eportfolio research.

 Jackie Adamson is currently a Programme Leader for the MSc BISM (Business Information Systems Management) programme and is also Dissertations Tutor for the group.  She works across all undergraduate years and is developing a research thread to follow through from levels 4 to 6 that encompasses PDP and Employability. 

 She has recently submitted her PhD, the title for which is “A Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Approach to Deliver Employability Effectively to Undergraduate Information Systems Students.  An IPA (Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis) Study”, and is awaiting examination and subsequent results for this.

Jackie Adamson

Campus Address

Room ELB 118 Ellison Building

Newcastle upon Tyne

0191 227 4959


PhD in Teaching and Learning (submitted October 2015, awaiting results)

MA in Education  (1998) University of Durham

Certificate in Education (1991) New College Durham

Teachers’ Certificates (1981-1989)

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Dr Adamson’s research interests are firmly rooted in educational psychology, and have evolved across areas that today recognise employability and personal development planning as areas that should be supported by university degree programmes.  Over the last decade she has followed and contributed to the contemporary thinking about these areas, and published advice and guidance at conferences in Europe.  Some of these contributions have included developing 

  • a model for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 
  • a published taxonomy for the assessment of ePortfolios, and 
  • guidance on embedding employability and personal development planning within existing degree programmes.

Her current research focus includes:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Emotional Intelligence, mindfulness and student well-being
  • Self-actualisation

The following research questions are of interest:

  • Enhancing the provision of degree programmes with collaborative partners.
  • How Cognitive Behaviour Therapy can be used effectively as part of a developed curriculum for undergraduate students.
  • Coping with the individual differences of undergraduate students within a constructively aligned curriculum.
  • The impact of social and situation learning spaces on the undergraduate student experience.

Professional Activity

Dr Adamson has experience in the following areas:

  • Validation of new programmes for national and international institutions
  • Course Design and Teaching in Continuing Professional Development Programmes and Short Courses
  • Teacher Training

Sponsors and Collaborators

Collaborators and associations with the Centre for Recording Achievement (CRA) for conference contributions and attendance.

Current/Recent Projects

Mellor, A., Adamson, J., Dalgleish, Fu, R., King, H., A Manns, H., ‘Developing and promoting good practice in personal tutoring:  exploring staff and student perspectives’,  - Findings to be published in Active Learning in Higher Education or Studies in Higher Education, expected July/August 2018

Member of the ELLI in HE pilot research project 2007-2008.  Project undertaken by 13 HE institutions from all over the UK to investigate the effectiveness of the Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory in the HE.  This was successfully concluded, report launched at Northumbria on 28 October 2008.

Contributing to the HEFCE funded “Dispositions to Stay” ELLI-linked research project into retention and progression, with Manchester and Bedford Universities, 2008-2009

Member of Cohort IV of the International Coalition for ePortfolio Research, which includes teams from universities in the USA, Canada, UK and the Netherlands, with input from universities and leading academics in Australia (2007-2010).

Contributor to the JISC study ‘The role of eportfolios in formative and summative assessment’, collaborating with David Baume (Higher Education Consultant) and Janet Strivens (University of Liverpool) (2008)

Key Publications

Adamson, J. (2018) ‘PEDaLL – An Effective Model for Teaching in Higher Education’, Innovations in Education and Teaching International (Under Review)

Adamson, J. (2015) ‘Constructing a Model for HE Teaching – PEDaLL (Personal, Employability, Development (Planning) and Lifelong Learning’, On Reflection, 28, pps 24-32

Adamson, J. (2014) ‘The PEDaLL Model for Teaching in Higher Education’, Proceedings of the 14th Annual Residential Seminar of the Centre for Recording Achievement, University of Aston, Birmingham, 27-28 November, Available at:   (Accessed: 17 December 2014)

Adamson, J. and Ball, S. (2017) Changing the way computing students think about employability. CPHC Learning Development Group: Computing Education Practice 2017 (Durham) Conference presentation.

Adamson, J., Bradnum, J. and Keogh, S. (2018) The enemies within – inhibitors to learning, CPHC Learning Development Group: Computing Education Practice 2018 (Durham) Conference presentation.

Adamson, J. and Goodlet, C. (2018)A Soft Systems approach to enhancing the provision of a UK HE accredited degree programme to a Malaysian collaborative partner’, Teaching in Higher Education (Under Review)

Clark, W., Thompson, J., White, A. and Adamson, J. (2010) Illuminating and measuring personal development: the impact of this work on learning and teaching. In: CRA 2nd International Residential Seminar, 26-28 April 2010, National College for School Leadership, Nottingham, UK .

Clark, W., Thompson, J., White, A. and Adamson, J. (2010) Illuminating and measuring personal development: the impact of this work on learning and teaching. PDP and E-Portfolio UK Newsletter, 20. pp. 8-9.

Clark, W. and Adamson, J. (2009) ‘Assessment of an ePortfolio: developing a taxonomy to guide the grading and feedback for Personal Development Planning’, Practitioner Research in Higher Education, 3(1) pp 43-51

My Northumbria Research Link can be viewed here

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Presently supervising 2 PhD students (2nd supervisor and 3rd supervisor)


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