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About Dr Jane Bulkeley

I am a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I gained my PhD from the University of Wales in 2013. Before arriving at the University of Chester in September 2014, I worked at Glyndŵr University for eight years, also teaching across a range of Education and Early Childhood Programmes. I first became involved in early years and pre-school education in 1996 as a practitioner. In time, my professional and research interests extended to the primary phase of formal education as well as the role of informal and social education. Prior to this, I was a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives specialising in litigation. This work focused on criminal, civil and matrimonial law and included working with children, young people and families in a broad range of contexts and circumstances, often alongside other professional agencies. 

Alongside my role as a Senior Lecturer, I am an external examiner at the University of the West of England and the University of Huddersfield and a reviewer for the International Journal of Professional Development in Education.


Since joining the University of Chester as a senior lecturer, in 2014, I have undertaken a range of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching roles related to early years teacher training, early childhood studies and children and youth professional studies.



My PhD research related to the relationship between informal education, formal education, the development of thinking skills, citizenship, self-esteem and confidence in the context of the Children and Young People’s University, Cymru. Other research interests include transition; supporting teaching and learning in practice; the role and impact of continuing professional development; the impact of EYTS; peer observation and CPD in early years’ practice.


Published Work


  • Bulkeley, J. (2015), ‘Book review: John Evans and Brian Davies, New directions in social theory, education and embodiment. Citizenship, Social and Economics Education, Vol: 14, pp. 72-74.
  • Bulkeley, J. (2009), ‘Understanding how babies develop and learn through documenting their learning journeys’, in Fabian, H. and Mould, C. (eds), Development and Learning for Very Young Children, pp.23-33. London: SAGE Publications Ltd.
  • Bassett, P. and Bulkeley, J. (2007), ‘The role of the Children’s University in developing thinking skills, citizenship and community awareness’, Prospero: A Journal of New Thinking in Education, Vol. 13, No. 1, pp.20-28.
  • Bulkeley, J. and Fabian, H. (2006), Well-being and belonging during early educational transitions’, The International Journal of Transitions in Childhood, Vol. 2, (Internet Journal). Electronically available at:

Academic Papers:

Performance Based Research:


- Bulkeley, J. (2016), ‘Talking With Children and Quality Interactions’ (See:

Conference papers

- Bulkeley, J. and Luker, J. (2015), ‘The value concepts of teachers’ teaching and learners’ learning’. Paper presented at the Sixth Teacher Education Advancement Network (TEAN) Conference, Birmingham Aston.

- Bulkeley, J. (2011), ‘Enhancing Citizenship Education’. Paper presented at the Ninth International Conference of the International Association for Citizenship, Social and Economic Education, ‘Values and Purposes in Citizenship, Social and Economic Education’, Bath Spa University.

  • Bulkeley, J. (2007), ‘Well-being and Belonging in Early Education Transitions’. Paper presented at the International Transitions Conference, University of Strathclyde.
  • Bulkeley, J. (2007), ‘Evaluating the Children’s University Wrexham: An introduction’. Paper presented at the North Wales Regional Conference of the Children’s University, Wrexham.



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