Seven years of studying and research for a Doctor of Education reached its climax at the University of Derby’s graduation ceremony, for Derby leadership and management professional Jane Brockliss.
Director and co-creator of Repton-based Awbery, Jane earned top marks for her doctorate which focussed on a pioneering study into the success rates of leadership learning transfer in the workplace, which she devised and undertook.
She received her Doctorate from The Duke of Devonshire, Chancellor of the University of Derby, at the graduation ceremony on the 14th July 2017 at the Derby Arena, watched by her husband Dr Howard Awbery and sons Tim and Rob.
“The Graduation Ceremony marked the end of a rollercoaster experience in achieving a Doctor of Education,” said Jane. “But how do they celebrate this highest academic accolade? By making you dress up in a silly hat! Yes, it was theatre, pomp and tradition but, most importantly, it was an amazing day to share with hundreds of other students, their families and friends. It was obvious from the speeches and achievements that Derby is a vibrant city with a great future.
“There were all ages graduating, from those just starting out on their careers, to me who is approaching retirement. What comes across is that we must never stop learning, particularly in today’s volatile and uncertain world. And what we do with our learning is important. My doctorate has increased our understanding of how leaders develop in the workplace and who influences that development. Within Awbery we can use this knowledge to add value to our leadership development programmes and improve the rate of return on learning to our clients.”
She adds “If you asked me at different times from when I started the doctorate in 2009 until I completed it in 2016, I would have given different answers. In 2009, my life was very busy with working full-time and having a family. Although I had to ‘think through’ opportunities and problems at work and home, I realised that my thinking had become rather predictable. I needed a new challenge and the Doctor of Education programme at the University of Derby was ideal: it is academically challenging and encouraged me to look at leadership development from a different perspective.”
Entitled ‘Learning translation – A Network Social Capital Perspective’, Jane’s research was described by Dr Neil Radford, Programme Leader for Doctor of Education at the University of Derby, as making “unprecedented, significant contributions to the knowledge surrounding business leadership coaching and education”.