Jason’s starting point is an unwavering belief that universities must be significant and active civic partners in addressing the most pressing economic, social, political, technological and moral challenges of our time. Universities should therefore be of and not just in their communities and industries, and at the very heart of policy debate.
Prior to his appointment, Jason was most recently Director of External Engagement and Strategic Partnerships at Nottingham Trent University. He led the School’s strategy for engagement with local, national and international partners, including an extensive focus on work with Malaysian partners.
Jason’s research interests are in the broad discipline of social policy, with a particular interest in applied social policy research and evaluation, and impactful and participatory research projects that link theory, policy and practice. Jason’s research and consultancy work has involved collaboration with, and funding from, a diverse range of bodies including: the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, UK Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Department of Education, NESTA, British Museum and the Cabinet Office.
Prior to entering academic life, Jason’s professional background was in youth and community work, helping young people to make successful transitions to adulthood and improving the life chances of people living in some of the most disadvantaged communities.
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