UWS Alumni Stories - Jane Kerr

Updated: Jan 25, 2021

I started in the University of Paisley as a mature student with a baby and a toddler. In 1993, I enrolled on the BA (Hons) Business and Management and then went on to do my Masters in International Marketing Management in 1998. Whilst in my Masters year I was employed as an Associate Lecturer for both The University of Paisley and Ayr College.  I later became a permanent employee of Ayr College for 6 years teaching in Business and management and marketing programmes.

After that I left and went to work at Arnold Clark for nearly 10 years. I set up the first Training Management Academy for sales and then I was the project leader and mentor for the “Princes Trust - Get Into Cars” programme involved a lot of motivation of the young people who had never even worked or had very much success in their young lives.

The final job I had at Arnold Clark was that of Group CSi Manager along with the Raising the Standards (RTS) programme involved dealing with a lot of individuals (approximately 330 Service Advisors) Service Managers, Franchise Managers and Directors. This involved setting the service standards for the company to improve our customer service.  There were approximately 170 branches at the time.

I left to go back in to education for a term at Glasgow Clyde College at the Anniesland Campus when a job at UWS came up! When I joined the now University of the West of Scotland it was great to see some of my original lecturers still there.  Namely Allan Burns, Jim B Johnston, Meg Dunn., and others I lectured with before such as Heather Anderson who are all still here!

I have been the School Enhancement Developer for over 6 years and thoroughly enjoy it, there are no two days the same, well they do say variety is the spice of life!

I am very proud to work for UWS, so much so, if you cut me in half, I would have UWS running through me like a stick of rock!!!