Promotion to Reader for Janet Carter

Janet Carter

Congratulations to Janet Carter who has been promoted to Reader in the School of Computing with effect from 1 October 2020.

Janet is a long-standing member of staff in the School of Computing whose expertise lies in the research of computing education. Janet’s teaching includes the mathematical underpinnings crucial to computer science and a module called Computing in the Classroom, and she is the Director of Undergraduate Studies, the Senior Tutor for the Canterbury campus and the Chief Examiner for undergraduate programmes.

Janet’s support for students in their academic studies and with pastoral issues were highlighted in her promotion. Janet is the main point of contact for any undergraduate computing student who may need support.

Janet said ‘Effective student support involves not only academic success but also the overall wellbeing of all students; enhancing both academic learning and personal growth. If students feel nurtured and valued, they are more likely to remain focused and connected. Students need to feel comfortable reaching out for the support they require and we need to ensure it is easy for them to do so. University is a transition from school to the adult world and the academic and pastoral support we provide is vital to help students achieve this and fulfil their potential.’

The Head of School, Peter Rodgers said ‘On behalf of the School of Computing, I would like to congratulate Janet Carter on her promotion to Reader. Janet is an excellent and dedicated teacher. As Senior Tutor, she also provides amazing support to students providing understanding, knowledge and sympathy. This has been particularly important over the last few months with the changes needed because of the coronavirus.

She leads a number of important initiatives. This includes the innovative Computing in the Classroom, which gives students an experience of teaching in local schools. She runs the homework club where students in one year can get support from students in the year above. She also trains peer tutors to assist with programming classes. Finally, her Value-Lite scheme for supporting students’ learning won her a Faculty Teaching Prize. Her efforts were recognised by students with an Above and Beyond Award in 2018.

Her impressive work has supported students across the School of Computing over many years, and we are pleased that her dedication has been recognised by this promotion.’