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Professor Jane Saffell

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)

Jane Saffell is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) at St George’s, University of London and Professor of Neurobiology and Bioscience Education. She leads a broad education portfolio with responsibility for strategic development across teaching and learning, student experience, portfolio growth, access & participation and student outcomes.

She is a member of the OfS TRAC Development Group, was awarded a National Teaching Fellow by Advance HE in 2015 and was for many years a member of BBSRC Grant Committee D (Molecules, Cells and Industrial Biotechnology).

Jane joined St George’s in 2016 after 16 years as an academic at Imperial College London in the Faculties of both Natural Sciences and Medicine. Her career spans research into the role of adhesive interactions in nervous system regeneration, teaching innovation, and senior leadership of education. She was Deputy Head of the Division of Brain Sciences and led the Department of Medicine to Bronze and then Silver Athena awards.

PhD and postdoctoral research at Guy’s Hospital (King’s College London) followed a BSc in Biochemistry at Imperial. Jane grew up in Kenya and was the first person in her family to go to university. On arriving in the UK she worked in administration at the Royal Society of Arts for three years to gain home student status and is now a Fellow.

Jane has received teaching awards and medals for innovative approaches that give students insight into knowledge-creation and the socio-politics, creativity and culture of research.

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