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Janet Murray

Head of Partnership Development & Principal Lecturer

Institute of Education

Contact Details


tel: 01905 855313

Janet has a career background in health service management and education. She began her career in human resources and hospital management before moving into teaching in UK and abroad. She established a Kindergarten in Somerset in 1994 and from there joined the University of Worcester in 1997. Since then she has worked to develop and expand the Institute of Education’s range of programmes, partnerships and curriculum quality through various positions as course and curriculum leader for Early Childhood and Education Studies, as chairperson for the Learning & Teaching sub-committee and as Head of Centre for Early Childhood. She introduced Sector-endorsed programmes with six partners across the West Midlands and led regional delivery of two national qualifications - for Children’s Centre Leaders (NPQICL) and Early Years Professionals (EYPS). She continues to support, promote and enhance partnership working across and beyond the Region in her part-time role as Head of Partnership Development which she took up in 2010.


Janet continues to support Early Childhood practice and provision in a voluntary capacity for a Family Centre (charity) as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees and she is also a member of the Hereford Early Years Forum.


Her research interests and publications relate to Early Childhood leadership and professional identity and she has recently co-authored a book on ‘Reconceptualizing Leadership in the Early Years’.


MA (Education)
PGCE Nursery & Infant
BA (Hons) 2:1

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

Child development & Play
Interdisciplinary Teamwork
Values and Practice in Early Childhood
Leadership in Early Childhood
Early Years Practitioner Research

Research Interests

Learning groups
Nursery Education in England and abroad - pedagogy, policy and provision
Early Years Professional training & development
Leadership in Early Childhood.
Integrated Children’s Services

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies



Murray, J. (in press) Becoming an Early Years Professional: developing a new professional identity. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal. Vol 22 (publication date 2014)

Murray, J and McDowall Clark, R. (2013) Reframing leadership as a participative pedagogy: the working theories of early years professionals. Early Years: An International Research Journal, Vol. 33 (3): 289-301

McDowall Clark, R and Murray, J. (2012) Reconceptualizing Leadership in the Early Years. Maidenhead: Open University Press

Murray, J. (2009) The Value of Learning Groups to the 1st year undergraduate experience for students of Early Childhood. Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching, Vol. 1 

Murray, J. (2009) “Value-based Leadership and Management” in Callan, S. & Robins, A. (eds.) Managing Early Years Settings. London, Sage.

Murray, J. (2006) “Designing and Implementing a Mentoring Scheme” in Robins, A. (ed.) Mentoring in the Early Years. London, Sage.

‘Developing Leadership Learning: The tutor and mentor voice’. NPQICL Capacity Building Group (Co-author). EECERA Conference 2006, published by Pen Green, Corby.

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

External Examiner, MA Early Years, Sheffield Hallan University
External Examiner, MA Early Childhood Studies/Early Years, University of Wales (Newport)
Member of Early Years & Extended Services Forum, Herefordshire Council
Chair of Trustees, H.O.P.E. Family Centre, Bromyard.