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Dr Janette Wallace

Profile summary

Professional biography

Current roles and appointments

  • Staff tutor and Lecturer in School of Life Health & Chemical Sciences
  • EDI Lead in School of Life Health & Chemical Sciences
  • Module Team Chair- production/rewrite S390 
  • Co-Chair Science AL Staff Development Working Group
  • Member STEM new AL Induction Staff Development Working Group

Previous roles and appointments

  • Associate Lecturer (SD226, SDK228, SDK100, SXL390) 
  • Assistant Staff Tutor in School of Life Health & Chemical Sciences
  • Member Monitoring Implementation Group


Ph.D. Neuropsychopharmacology, University of Wales, Swansea (1999)  

M.Sc. Neuroscience, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London (1995)

B.Sc. (Hons) Pharmacology, University of Sunderland (1994)



Research interests


Co-lead of project to evaluate the impact of practical and dataset project options to the science undergraduate capstone module (S390). Previous project choices focused on literature reviews, with a new addition of pratcial or data set options. Impact of introducing new practical and dataset project options to the science undergraduate capstone project module (S390) | eSTEeM (  

Pan-university/APP scholarship project (team member) ‘Cross-faculty scholarship of monitoring’ Cross-faculty Scholarship of Monitoring (

Lead: eSTEeM project Evaluating student perspectives of different types of learning events provided on SDK228, a level 2 LHCS module.

Interested in educational research around AL development specifically induction of new AL to the school and faculty. Involved in two projects relating to this:

Co-lead with Hannah Gauci: eSTEeM project ‘Assessing the effectiveness of the induction process for novice Associate Lecturers in preparing them for the Associate Lecturer role’. (

Co-lead with Hannah Gauci: eSTEeM project Evaluating a new STEM AL induction programme

Previous research as an AL: OU Personalised Integrated Learning Support (PILS) consultant ‘ students’ motivational levels during the 2008 presentation of SD226.’ (2008)


​Previous lab based research interests:

Anhedonia, ​Motivation and reward, ​Neuroscience 

Teaching interests

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Current modules:

S390: Science project course (30 credits UG) Module Team Chair (production)

SXL390: Science project course: research biology and health sciences (30 credits UG) Module Team

SD329: Signals and perception: the science of the senses (30 credits UG) Module Team (Deputy Chair)


Previous modules

SK298: Brain, mind and behaviour (30 credits UG) Module Team

SDK228 Science of the mind: investigating mental health (30 credits UG) Module Team

SD816: Core topics in mental health science: psychosis and dementia (60 credits PG) Module Team



Interested in supporting women in leadership: recent completion of Advanced HE Aurora programme (Aurora | Advance HE (

Interested in AL Staff Development including ALs new to the OU and supporting Science ALs in their ongoing development.

Monitoring of correspondence tuition and quality assurance


Developing HE practitioner confidence and skills to ensure effective online teaching and student support. (2020-02-03)
Gauci, Hannah and Wallace, Janette
In : STEM Conference 2020 (29-30 Jan 2020, Manchester)

Assessing the effectiveness of the induction process for novice Associate Lecturers (AL) in the School of Life Health and Chemical Sciences (LHCS) in preparing them for the AL role (2019)
Wallace, Janette and Gauci, Hannah
In : The 8th eSTEeM Annual Conference 2019 STEM Scholarship: From Inquiry to Implementation (8-9 May 2019, Open University)