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Dr Janet Astley

Dr Janet Astley
Contact Details
Dr Janet Astley

Principal Lecturer

Leeds Business School

0113 81 24804 j.astley@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

About Dr Janet Astley

A Fellow of the HEA and Chartered Fellow of CIPD with over 25 years experience in public sector management, Janet has developed and managed undergraduate and postgraduate awards and specialised in teaching Strategic HRM, Leadership, Organisational Change & Diversity.

Janet’s experience as a manager in the public sector and in academia enables her to draw upon her own experiences to inform her research and teaching. All of her achievements have been as a mature learner studying part time whilst maintaining full time work so she understands the challenges faced by professional and part-time students and has empathy with their situation.

Janet enjoys the challenge of establishing high performing teams, enabling colleagues and students to achieve their full potential. An example of where she has succeeded in leading a complex project includes the coordination of the successful revalidation of 14 undergraduate awards in her previous institution.

Janet supervises PhD students whose research has a real impact upon organisational change and diversity. She enjoys supervising students whose research will make a real difference to organisations and the people within them.

Current Teaching

  • PG Diploma HRM

Research Interests

Janet’s research relates particularly to senior female career progression and diversity in traditionally male-dominated organisations, the police service in particular. She hopes to further her research to encourage the development of women as senior leaders in disciplined and blue light services, engendering a more diverse workforce and a more ethical approach to the deployment of people, taking into consideration the implementation of policies and practices at a local and national level.

Selected Publications

Conference proceedings (peer reviewed) (1)

  • Astley DJ; Harness T (2009) Dispelling the myth about the thin blue ceiling: Women's career progression within the UK police service. In: University Forum of Human Resource Development Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne 20090602. : , pp. .
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