Jacqueline Williams

Dr. Jacqueline Williams

Degree Apprenticeship Co-ordinator and Course Leader (Children, Schools and Families)

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Burnley Campus, C111

+44 (0) 1772 89 6036


Subject Areas: Education, Social Work

An educationalist and health professional, Jackie has worked extensively in the health sector, Community and Educational environment, leading several Teacher Training programmes, including Early Years Initial Teacher Training and PGCE (Early Years and Primary) with QTS.

Full Profile

Jackie is currently Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Children, Schools and Families three-year degree and Top Up based at UCLan Burnley Campus. Jackie is also responsible for the Children, Schools and Families Degree Apprenticeships at UCLan Burnley, which commence in September 2020.  

Jackie completed her PhD in 2006, researching ‘The Social Construction of Fibromyalgia: A sufferers Perspective’. Current specific research interests lies in investigating Student engagement and the promotion of resilience, to support students in their career development.


  • PGCE Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2015)
  • Early Years Professional status (2009)
  • PhD in Health and Social care (2006)
  • MPhil in Health and Social care (2003)
  • D32/D33 assessors award (1997)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (1996)
  • Bsc (Hons) Nursing studies (1995)
  • Health Visiting certificate (1990)
  • Registered Midwife (1998)
  • Registered General Nurse and Registered Sick Children’s nurse (1988)


  • Presenting at conferences: Key note speaker: International Pain Conference (2002)
    Guest Speaker: The future of Early Year’s conference (2015)
  • External collaboration/ partnership activity
  • Projects: “How can the PGCE programme develop personal identify in EYPGCE trainees?

Research Activities

Research interests: Jackie's research interests and activities have been extremely varied but have primarily centred around three key areas: Children’s health and Wellbeing, Children’s mental health issues and the development of Student engagement. In addition to these research areas, Jackie is now research active in preparing a paper titled “Can the PGCE programme develop personal identify in EYPGCE trainees? Exploring issues in developing resilience and personal identity in professional practice.

Jackie's Thesis encompassed the research question, “The Social construction of Fibromyalgia: a sufferer’s perspective”. From this data Jackie has presented several key note addresses to Pain symposiums and also communicated the findings at the Annual Fibromyalgia conference.

Membership of professional and learned bodies

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2018)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2015)
  • Aurora (Advanced HE)

Teaching activities and responsibilities

  • Course Leader BA(Hons) Children, Schools and Families (Three year degree)
  • Course Leader BA(Hons) Children, Schools and Families (Top Up)
  • Degree Apprenticeship Coordinator Children, Schools and Families.

Research Projects

 “How can the PGCE programme develop personal identify in EYPGCE trainees?"