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BSc (Hons) Mathematics and its Applications
Ph.D. Mathematics
TEFL (Dip)
British Computing Society: Member (MBCS), Chartered Engineer (C.Eng.), IT Practitioner (C.ITP)
Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA)
Professor of Learner Innovation, University of South Wales


Jo is the USW Director of UNICAF, leading and collaborating across the University in all aspects of learning and curriculum developments relating to the USW/UNICAF Partnership ( to enable and assure accessibility and positive learning experiences and outcomes for students studying online through the Partnership. This includes assuring close equivalence between USW’s on-campus and online provision and enabling continuing development of academic practice from shared experiences. Learning analytics is an important element providing greater insight of student learning behaviours, informing best positioning of learner support and enhanced knowledge of student engagement to maximise retention and success.

Aside from work, Jo played tennis at county (Yorkshire) and national (England B) levels and continues to take an active interest in sport and keeping fit. A regular concert goer, she enjoys listening to a range of music.


As an experiential learner with practical learning and teaching experiences across the UK (Worcester, Aston and South Wales) and Europe in over 35 years of in Further and Higher Education, Jo’s lecturing and research activities focus on innovating and enhancing personal and organisational learning in academic and corporate environments. Her significant experience of quality assurance and enhancement has been achieved through her career in Further and Higher Education in the UK and Europe. An alumni of the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology (now part of Cardiff University), she has assured the currency of her real-world experiences by regularly undertaking industrial secondments during her career. As her career has progressed into management, Jo continues to teach and learn as an important ingredient of her continuing professional development ensuring knowledge currency of student engagement, experiences and expectations.


Within University of South Wales:-
- Learning and Teaching Enhancement Committee Member
- Quality Assurance Committee Member
- Higher Academic Awards Committee Member
- Curriculum Development Board Member
- Portfolio Operations Group Member
- Dissertation Supervisor (Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Ph.D.)

Across USW/UNICAF Partnership
- USW/UNICAF Partnership Board Member.
- USW/UNICAF Operations Group Co-Chair.


Smedley, J.K. (2016), Innovation and Information, in David Baker , Wendy Evans (ed.) Innovation in Libraries and Information Services (Advances in Library Administration and Organization, Volume 35) Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.227 – 241. ISBN: 978-1-78560-731-8 eISBN: 978-1-78560-730-1.
Al-Adwan, A.S., Al-Adwan, A. & Smedley, J.K. (2013a). “Exploring Students Acceptance of Technology in Jordanian Universities”. International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology (IJEDICT) 2013, Vol. 9, Issue 2, pp 4-18.
Al-dwan, A.S. & Smedley, J.K. (2012c) “Implementing e-learning in the Jordanian Higher Education System: Factors Affecting Impact”. International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology (IJEDICT), 2012, Vol. 8, Issue 1, pp. 121-135.
Smedley, J.K. (2012a) “Managing E-xpectations: Developing Knowledge Management Through Market Communication”. Chapter in “Higher Education Management and Operational Research: Demonstrating New Practices and Metaphors”, G. Bell, J. Warwick and P. Galbraith (Eds.), pp97–108. Sense Publishers. ISBN 978-94-6091-974-9.
Smedley, J.K. (2011) “Developing an employer responsive provision”. Outcomes from the HEA funded Evidence based Practice Seminar (October 2010) held at University of Wales, Newport. Available at (Accessed September 23rd 2011)
Smedley, J.K. (2011) “Supporting Tomorrows Managers: enhancing employability in M level students”. Outcomes from the HEA Seminar Series 2011 event (May 2011) held at University of Wales, Newport. Available at (Accessed September 23rd 2011)
Smedley, J.K. (2010) “Modelling the impact of knowledge management using technology”. OR Insight (Dec 2010) Vol. 23, 4, 233-250. ISSN 0953-5543.
Dobson, A. & Smedley, J.K. (2010) “Mind the Gap: modelling flexible learning for professional applications involving law”, Proceedings of the Newport NEXUS Conference Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Special Publication, No 3, 2010. ISBM 978-1-899274-43-7.
Smedley, J.K. (2009), “Modelling Personal Knowledge Management”, OR Insight (Dec 2009) Vol. 22, 4, 221–233

Presentations include:-
*Smedley, J.K., Andrews, K., Langton, H.E and Nicolaou, N. (2016). “ACTION: Africa CollaboraTion Innovating ONline”. Presentation at SRHE 2016, Newport, Wales, December 2016 –
Smedley, J.K. (2015). “Learner Journeys”. Keynote at Swednet 2015, Halmstad University, Sweden, May 2015.
Smedley, J.K. (2015). “Partnerships in Practice”. Keynote at WISE Wales Conference, Neath Port Talbot College, June 2015.
Smedley, J.K. (2015). “Journeying along the learner journey”. Seminar leader at Higher Education Matters in Wales, HEA (Wales) event, Cardiff, July 2015.
Smedley, J.K. and Andrews, K. (2015). “Building bridges of learning: enhancing accessibility through progressive partnership”. Forum for Accessing and Continuing Education (FACE) Conference, Cardiff, July 2015.,
Smedley, J.K. (2015). Keynote at Glyndwr University Learning and Teaching Conference, wrexham, September 2015.
*Smedley, J.K. & Sjoberg, J. (2015). “A Swinglish Experience: bridging international boundaries in the scholarship of learning and teaching”. Presentation at SRHE Conference, Newport, Wales, December 2015 –
Smedley, J.K. (2014). “Learner Journeys”. Inaugural Professorial Lecture, University of South Wales, December 2014.

Further details of publications and presentations are available at


2017 – present: HEA PFHEA network
2017 – present: HEA Flexible Learning Community of Practice
2005 – present: Operational Research Society
2004 – present: British Computing Society


2017 – present: Mentor in Women in Universities Mentoring Scheme;
2016 – present: External Examiner for INTO, Bangor University;
2016 – present: Member of South Wales OR Discussion Society (SWORDS) Organising Committee;
2013 – present: External Panel Reviewer for joint HEA Institutional accreditation: Unis of Aberystwyth and Bangor
2004 – present: Associate Lecturer in Mathematics and Technology Management, Open University;
2013-2017: External Examiner for Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching, Aberystwyth University;
2013-2017: External Examiner for INTO, University of Gloucestershire;
2014: HEFCW Advisory Group member reviewing and refining the Learning Through Technology Strategy;
2013-2015: External Panel Reviewer for HEA institutional accreditation: University of Bedfordshire
2013-2015: Member of HEA (Wales) Future Directions Steering Group;
2013-2015: HEA (Wales) Work-strand leader (Global Graduates: Enabling Flexible Learning): Learner Journeys;
2012: QAA Advisory Group member developing the B3 Chapter on Learning and Teaching in the Quality Code;
2012-2014: OR Society Board Member and Trustee;
2012-2014: OR Society Chair of Education and Research Committee;
2008-2014: OR Society General Council Member;
2008-2015: Secretary of Western OR Discussion Society (WORDS);
2000- 2016: Visiting Lecturer in Business Informatics, Halmstad University, Sweden.


Successful bids for internal and external funding total over £700,000.
Examples of bids include:-
Smedley, J.K., Williams, L. and Muir, L. (2015). “ENGAGE” (Encouraging Get-up And Go in Enhancement), HEA (Wales) funding to support cross-University learning and teaching enhancement.
Smedley, J.K., Blackey, H., Lewis, D., Makepeace, P. Naamani, C. (2014). Successful proposal to USW to establish Distance Online Delivery development (£350,000). More details of initiative to follow.
Smedley, J.K. & Worthington, V. (2013). Successful bid to HEA/NUS Student Led Teaching Awards Innovation Fund (£1727.55). More info at
Smedley, J.K. (2011). Successful application (£500) to host a Higher Education Academy Workshop and Seminar Series 2012 entitled “Believe and achieve: supporting achievement through the co-curriculum”.
Smedley, J.K. & Reilly, H. (2011) Successful application (£1500) to National Union of Students/Higher Education Academy to support the development of student-led teaching awards during 2011-2012, November 2011. More information at:-
Smedley, J.K. (2011) Successful Reverse Strategic Insight Award (£1500) to support employer involvement in CELT Communication project, September 2011.
Individual and collaborative successful bids totalling over £360,000
Smedley, J.K. (2010). Successful application to The Higher Education Academy Seminar Series (Wales). Seminar entitled “Supporting tomorrow’s managers: developing employability skills in an M level curriculum”. December 2010 (£500)
Hartley, P. and Smedley, J. (2010). Successful collaborative bid with Bradford University (academic partner) with HE Academy (professional partner) to “Embedding Work-with-IT” JISC funded initiative (£10,000). Final Report available.
Smedley, J.K. & Thomas, A. (2010) Successful UWN Learning and Teaching Grant (£5000) entitled “Closing the Gap: expectation .v. experience in student learning”, May 2010.
Smedley, J.K., Lewis, A. & Rees, S. (2009) Successful application to The Higher Education Academy Evidence Based Practice Employability and Employee Learning Seminar Series 2009, December 2009 (£500)
Smedley, J.K. & Dobson, A. (2009) Successful UWN Learning and Teaching Grant (£4420) entitled “Mind the gap: making a professional studies learning curriculum more flexible”, November 2009.
Smedley, J.K. (2009). Successful UWN Reverse Strategic Insight Award (£3000) to support employer mentoring in University hosted internship development. Octber 2009
Jenkins, L. et al(2009) Collaborative bid writer and team member in successful JISC BCE CRM process improvement pilot project: “Newport CRM Process and Policy Development” (£50,000), June 2009.
Smedley, J.K. & Pritchard, G. (2009). “Building Bridges for Regeneration: negotiating language and culture change to support cross-School developments in a ‘hothouse’ environment of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial activity”. Successful Change Academy 2009 proposal to support City Campus developments (Newport Business School and School of Art, Media and Design), University of Wales, Newport, Sept 2009 – Aug 2010
Smedley, J.K. (2008 – 2010) Centre for Work-Based Learning, Graham Review funding, University of Wales, Newport, Sep 08 – Aug 10, (£100,000)
Smedley, J.K., Pritchard, G., Woods, N. & Simmons, M. (2008). JISC TechDis HEAT3 funding, Sept 08 – June 09, £2000.
Further details are available at


Jo is passionate about flexible learning and curriculum initiatives which enhance promote life-wide learning, enhance employability and enable earning-and-learning. Described as an “enthusiastic entrepreneur” and a “creative thinker”, her work focuses on applying academic knowledge to professional practice and vice versa with a focus on enhancing effectiveness and efficiency of systems, processes and practices – particularly using appropriate technologies. The nature of Jo’s lecturing and research activities involves collaborating widely to design, develop, implement and support change across cultural boundaries. She has successfully supervised over thirty undergraduate and postgraduate research projects and dissertations and one Ph.D. student with work focusing on the impact of knowledge management, information management and technology management in academic and work-place environments.

Further details are available at

Areas of Expertise

Knowledge Management applied to personal and organisational settings;
Business Information Systems;
Learning Analytics;
Enhancing learning through technology



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