Dr Jane English
Associate Professor / PCS Head of Department
PhD (Glasgow Caledonian), MPhil (UCT), Dip (Industrial Editing,
British Association of Industrial Editors)
As a communication specialist I consult widely to commerce and industry on aspects of written, spoken and interpersonal communication. Corporate clients include GIBB, @Vantage, Aurecon, Old Mutual, Woolworths, Investec, KPMG, the Botswana National Productivity Centre, PriceWaterHouseCooper, Anglo Platinum and Hulett Aluminium. Community / Government and NGO clients include Parliament, Cape Town City Council, Special Investigating Unit, Raymond Ackerman School of Entrepreneurship, Cape Chamber of Commerce, and the National Botanical Institute. A range of comments from course evaluations are listed
As Associate Professor and Head of Professional Communication Studies (PCS), University of Cape Town,
I convene all PCS courses. The purpose of the courses is to enable students to experience the usefulness of good writing and presenting in their studies and the application to their future careers. I deliver regular courses for the faculties of Engineering and the Built Environment, Law, Commerce, Science and the Research Office.
As an educator, I have produced and co-authored several publications and training tools:
- interactive E-Learning course (E-Learning Intro Powerpoint), CPD accredited, comprising written, presentation and managerial topics
- presentation skills DVD SpeakEasy
- textbook Professional Communication: Effective Written and Spoken Messages (3rd Edition, Juta, 2012)
As a researcher my interest is gender, mainly: women in construction workforce. It grew out of a consulting programme I ran for Murray and Roberts in the 1990s on inter-cultural communication. Arising from this I was asked by the International Labour Office (ILO) to address the Tripartite Meeting on the Construction Industry in the 21st Century, in Geneva. The ILO also commissioned me to research the state of the informal workforce in construction in the Western Cape.
I write a blog for the Mail and Guardian and have been interviewed on radio by Nancy Richards and John Orr, and been a reader for book launches.
Every day I have opportunity for informal observation on campus of gender and youth: a window into the wonderful world of how women function and communicate within the formally male environments of technology and engineering. This inspires some frivolous writing. Also available is a summary of my consulting and creative outputs
Before joining UCT, I held these positions – Research Editor: Chamber of Mines’ Research Organisation, Johannesburg, and Company Editor for Southern Life and then Syfrets Trust, Cape Town. Prior to editing I worked as a speech and drama teacher (Springfield Convent and Sweet Valley).