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Mrs Janet Cole

Profile summary

Professional biography

I joined the OU in 2001 as an Associate Lecturer in Social Sciences. While fulfilling that role I was also a lecturer, and then senior lecturer, in Social Sciences in FE.  I became a Staff Tutor in Economics at the OU in October 2020.   I have a number of honours degrees: BA Business Studies, BSc Mathematical Studies, BA Open Degree and BA History and Philosophy.  I am currently studying for an LLB.  I also have two post grad teaching degrees: one is  Teaching in Further Education and the other is Teaching English as a Second Language.

Research interests

My current research interests include the impacts of the entanglements of austerity and COVID-19 on marginalised communities, the case of Glasgow Pollok  and also the Economics of Happiness relating to community gardens and community energy projects.  I also have an interest in research concerning partnerships and sharing good practice between FE and HE.

Teaching interests

I teach on a number of modules in economics and social sciences, including DB125 'You and Your Money', for which I am the Chair (J presentation).