CV of Jane English

ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

2007     PhD, Built & Natural Environment (Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland)

2002     MPhil, Construction Economics and Management (University of Cape Town)

1978     Associate Diploma, Industrial Editing (British Association of Industrial Editors)

1976     BA Hons, English Literature (University of Cape Town); Diplomas in Speech and Drama (Licentiate dip. Trinity College) (Teacher’s dip. UNISA)

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

2010-2019   ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR / Head: Professional Communication Studies (PCS), Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment, University of Cape Town

1985-2009       LECTURER ROLES AND HEAD. Professional Communication, UCT, Cape Town

1985-1983       COMPANY EDITOR: Syfrets Trust (Finance), Cape Town

1983                 FEATURES EDITOR: Melton Publications, Johannesburg

1980-1983       RESEARCH EDITOR: Chamber of Mines’ Research Organisation, Johannesburg

1977-1980       INDUSTRIAL EDITOR: Southern Life Association, Cape Town

BOOKS / CHAPTERS IN BOOKS / THESES

English, J (Editor), Burt, S. and Nudleman, G. (2017) Professional Communication: How to Deliver Effective Written and Spoken Messages, 4th Ed. Cape Town: Juta

https://juta.co.za/products/professional-communication-2/

English, J.et al. (2012) Editor. Professional Communication: How to Deliver Effective Written and Spoken Messages, 3rd Ed. Ch. 1-7; 11. Cape Town: Juta

English, J. et al. (2012)et al. E-Book: Professional Communication: How to Deliver Effective Written and Spoken Messages, Virtual Book, Cape Town: Eduflex.com

English, J. (2006) Chapters 5-10 in Professional Communication: How to Deliver Effective Written and Spoken Messages; 2nd Ed; Cape Town: Juta. pp. 85-285

English, J.  (2002) “Training in and Appreciation of Cultural Differences in a Developing Country to improve Industrial Efficiency: A Specific Experience in Training and an Evaluation of its Outcome”; Training for Construction Industry Development: Best Practices, ed. Stephen O Ogunlana, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, 2002: 974-8208-52-4, pp.  27-41

English, J.  (1993) Appletizer: Biography of Edmund J Lombardi,  EJ Lombardi Trust: Cape Town

English, J.  (1984) Syfrets: The First Trust Company in the World, Syfrets: Cape Town

PhD Thesis (2007) Glasgow Caledonian University: The Development of Women in the South African Construction Workforce in terms of Employment, Training and Skills Acquisition

MPhil Thesis (2002) University of Cape Town: An Assessment of Current Conditions in the Informal Construction Labour Sector and whether these Conditions accommodate Training.

RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS: Journal Papers

Nudelman, G. and English, J. (2019) “Ethical dilemmas experienced by engineering students during their vacation work”. Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Educational Practice.145(2) DOI: 05019001

English, J. (2018) “Development in developing ‘Graduateness’ through scenario teaching of ethics”. CIB Task Group 95, International conference on professionalism and ethics in construction. London South Bank University. 21-22 November 2018. pp 383-391

Levecque, P., Matsebela, A, Manono, M, Le Roux, K, Alves, S and English, J. (2018) “Language, Professional Communication and Team Work embedded in the Chemical Engineering curriculum”. ‘Care, Connect, Create” UCT Teaching and Learning Conference, University of Cape Town, 17 July.

Nudelman, G. and English, J. (2018) “Assessment of communicative modes used by engineering and built environment professionals”. Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies. 36(4) SN 1607-3614  – https://doi.org/10.2989/16073614.2018.1548291

Alves, S. and English, J. (2018) “Female students’ preparedness for a male-dominated workplace.”  Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology.  16(4) pp 581-595 www.emeraldinsight.com/1726-0531.htm

English, J. and Alves, S. (2016) “Inclusion of HIV education into a third-year communication course for students of engineering and the built environment” South African Journal of Higher Education (SAJHE) 30(4) pp 5-19 https://journals.co.za/content/high/30/4/EJC197367

Nudelman, G. and English, J. (2016) “Language Enrichment revisited: evolving theories and practice in Professional Communication Studies” Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies  DOI: 10.2989/16073614.2015.1108853 www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.2989/16073614.2015.1108853

Hay, P. and English, J. (2015) ” Black South African Women in Construction: Cues for Success” Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology Vol. 13 No. 1 pp. 144 – 164. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JEDT-06-2013-0043

Gwynne-Evans, A. and English, J. (2014) “Changes in teaching Graduate Skills, including ethics, since 2010” South African Journal of Higher Education Vol. 28, No. 1; pp  ISSN 1011-3487

English, J. and Le Jeune, K. (2012) “Do Professional Women and Tradeswomen in the South African Construction Industry Share Common Employment Barriers despite Progressive Government Legislation?” Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, Vol. 138 No. 2 pp 145-152.   ascelibrary.org/toc/jpepe3/139/4

English, J. and Bowen, P.A. (2012) “Overcoming Potential Risks to Females Employed in the South African Construction Industry”, The International Journal of Construction Management: Special Edition – Corporate Social Responsibility within Construction, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp 37-49 www.cibworld.nl/site/about_cib

Sulcas, G. and English, J. (2010) “A Case for Focus on Professional Communication Skills at Senior Undergraduate Level in Engineering and the Built Environment”, Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies on “Language and Communication in Technical fields” Vol. 28, No. 3, pp 219-227 

English, J., Haupt, T.C. and Smallwood, J. (2006) “Women, Construction, and Health and Safety in South Africa: South African and Tanzanian Perspectives”, Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, Vol.4, No.1, pp.  18-29, ISBN: 0-620-33919-5   www.emeraldinsight.com/journals

English, J. (2006) “Women in Construction: Lessons to be Learnt for South Africa”, Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, Vol 4, No. 2, pp. 25-33 ISSN: 1726-0531

English, J. and Mbuthia, G. (2004) “An Assessment of Current Subcontracting Options in South Africa : The Employers’ Perspectives in Transition”, Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, Vol 2, No.1, pp.  16-34, ISBN: 1726-0531

English, J. (2003) “Opportunities for Training and Self Development that the New Millennium Offers the Informal Construction Worker in South Africa: A Case Study of 200 Workers”. Journal of Construction Research, Hong Kong Institute of Building, Hong Kong, Vol. 4, No.1

English, J. (2003) “Health and Safety on Site as Perceived by the South African Subcontracted Workforce”. The International Journal of Construction Management, The Chinese Research Institute of Construction Management, China, Vol 3, No.1, www.bdg.nus.edu.sg/ickc

English, J. (2002) “Managing Cultural Differences to Improve Industrial Efficiency”. Building, Research and Information, Vol. 30 No.3, May/June 2002, pp. 196-04 ISSN 09613218

English, J. (2002) “The Communication Problems Experienced by Workforce On-Site and their Possible Solutions”. The Journal of Construction Research, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp.  311 – 321.  http://www.worldscientific.com

English, J. (1997) Study into a Communication Training Programme for Tutors of Environment and Structure of Business, South African Journal of Higher Education, Vol 11, No. 1, Pretoria, pp. 139-145. www.sajhe.org.za

RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS: Conference Proceedings

Alves, S. and English, J. (2017) “Female Construction Students’ Perceptions of Gender and Sexism and Preparation by the university environment”. Proceedings of Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM), 33rd International Conference, Cambridge, England. 4-6 September. pp 219-228

English, J. and Abrahams, S. (2015) “A Study of Inclusivity of HIV/AIDS awareness in core curricula for Construction, Economics and Management students”. ARCOM, Lincoln, UK. 7- 9 September

English, J. and Abrahams, S. (2015) Inclusivity of HIV/AIDS awareness in third year communication courses for Engineers, CIB International Conference, Belfast, Ireland. 10-11 September

Hay, P. and English, J. (2014) “Why involving women in the use and development of water infrastructure in rural areas in South Africa is key for disaster risk reduction and risk management”

Gender, Work and Organisation (GWO), June, Keele University, Staffordshire, UK. Electronic copy. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal

Abrahams, S. and English, J. (2013) “Integration of Social and Public Health Discourse in Curriculum in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment”, UCT Teaching and Learning Conference, University of Cape Town, 21 October.

English, J. (2013) “New Venture Planning Skills incorporate Ethics for Industry: a study of curriculum for Engineering students”, GBATA Fifteenth Annual International Conference, Helsinki, Finland, 2-6 July. Electronic copy.  www.GBATA.com

Gwynne-Evans, A and. English, J. (2012) “How PCS is responding to the challenge of ECSA requirements and to policy changes at UCT, emphasising Graduateness”, UCT Teaching and Learning Conference, University of Cape Town, 25 October.

English, J. and Gwynne-Evans, A. (2012) “Why do we do what we need to do? Changes in teaching ethics in Professional Communication Studies’ (PCS) courses at UCT in 2011/2012” Sixth Annual Learning and Teaching conference, University of KwaZula Natal, 25-27 September.

English, J. and Hay, P. (2012) “Women in construction: a South African study on intersectionality for women working in a traditionally male trade”, conference proceedings of Gender, Work and Organisation (GWO), 7th Biennial International Inter-disciplinary Conference, theme: Intersectionality, Work and Organizations, 27-29 June, Keele University, Staffordshire, UK. ISSN 291468-0432     http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal

English, J. and Bowen, P. (2011) “Factors in Personal safety of women in the South African construction industry explored from the perspectives of both genders”, Proceedings of COBRA  RICS Construction and Property conference, 12-13 September, University of Salford,. Manchester: pp 1033-1042.      ISBN 9781907842191.        www.rics.org/cobra

English, J., Dumbrell, K. and Newton, R. (2011) “A Tool to Measure Development in Communication Competency from Entrance to Exit Level in University Students, Conference Proceedings of SACOMM: The Past is Present, 29-31 August, UNISA, Pretoria, SA. Electronic copy.  Abstract p. 86.

English, J. and Bowen, P. (2010) “Factors in Personal safety of women in the South African construction industry explored from the perspectives of both genders” Proceedings of COBRA 2010: The Construction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, 2-3 September 2010, Dauphine Université, Paris. Electronic copy.

ISBN 9781842196199.     www.rics.org/cobra

English, J. (2010) “Positive Forces and Measures for Women from the Construction Industry in South Africa” Proceedings of COBRA 2010: The Construction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, 2-3 September 2010, Dauphine Université, Paris. Paris: Electronic copy.  ISBN 9781842196199.        www.rics.org/cobra

English, J. and Sulcas, G. (2009) “A Case for Focus on Professional Communication Skills at Senior Undergraduate Level in Engineering and the Built Environment”, paper given at the Joint SAALA/LSSA conference: Language and Identity – Innovation and Reflection, Cape Town, 28-30 September, pp. 53

English, J. (2008) Fighting Poverty in South Africa through Construction Labour for Women, Conference proceedings of Procurement of Construction and Reconstruction Projects in the International Context CIB W92, CIB TG63 and CIB W107, Montreal, Canada, Oct. 23-25, pp.183-191

English, J. (2008) A Case for Women’s Health and Safety at Skills Level, The 5th International Congress for Woman, Work & Health, Zacatecas City, Mexico, 27-31 October. DVD only

English, J. (2007) “A Case for Women at the Skills Level in the South African Construction Industry”, CIB World Building Congress, Cape Town, 17-20 May.

English, J., Haupt, T.C., and Smallwood, J. (2006) “Women, Construction, and Health and Safety in South Africa: South African and Tanzanian Perspectives”, CIB, Construction in Developing Economies: New Issues and Challenges, pp. 18-20, January, Santiago, Chile

English, J., Somerville, J. (2005) “Development of Women in the South African Construction Workforce” PRoBE 2005 Conference, November 2005; Glasgow, Scotland

English, J., Haupt, T.C., and Smallwood, J.(2005) “Women, Construction, and Health and Safety in South Africa”, Proceedings for 4th Triennial International Conference ‘Rethinking and Revitalizing Construction Safety, Health, Environment and Quality’, Port Elizabeth , 17-20 May, pp. 617-630

English, J., Sommerville, J. (2004) “The Construction Industry in South Africa: is it ready to develop its workforce?” Proceedings of CIB 2004 Working Commission W107: Construction in Developing Economies, Bangkok, Thailand, 17-19 November. ISBN: 0-621-35380-0 . www.cibworld.nl

English, J. and Sommerville, J.(2004), “Enhancing the Employment of Skilled Women in the South African Construction Industry”, Proceedings of CIDB 2nd Post-Graduate conference on Construction Industry Development, Cape Town , South Africa , 10-12 October. ISBN: 974-8208-56-7  www.cidb.org.za

English, J. and Mbuthia, G. (2004) “An Assessment of Current Subcontracting Options in South Africa: the Employers’ Perspectives on Transition”. Joint International Symposium of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction, Singapore, pp.119-131

www.cibworld.nl

English, J. (2003) “Health and Safety on Site as Perceived by the South African Subcontracted   Workforce”; Proceedings of Joint International Symposium of CIB Working Commissions (W107: Construction in Developing Countries), 22-24 October 2003, Singapore, pp.798-807

English, J. (2002). The Construction Labour Force in South Africa: A Study of the Informal Sector in the Western Cape. Working Paper in the section “Improving Communication and Social Dialogue in the Construction Industry”, Sectoral Activities Programme, Working Papers, International Labour Office, Geneva. ISBN: 922 113 357 5.

English, J. (2002) “Opportunities for Training and Self Development that the New Millennium Offers the Informal Construction Worker in South Africa: A Case Study of 200 Workers”. Proceedings of Conference, CIB W107: Creating a Sustainable Construction Industry in Developing Countries: Performance Improvement; 15-17 November, Stellenbosch; pp. 583-593. www.cibworld.nl

English, J. (2001) “Contextual Training of Communication and Language Skills: An Analysis of a Programme for Contextual Teaching of Interpersonal and Written Communication”. Proceedings of Conference on Integrating Content and Language: Providing Access to Knowledge through Language, 4-6 July 2001, Peninsula Technikon, Cape Town. http://www.pentech.ac.za/pil88/abstract16.htm

English, J. (2001) “Raising Labour Production and Improving Labour Relations on Construction Sites”. Proceedings of Tripartite Meeting on the Construction Industry in Sub-Saharan Africa: the Construction Industry in the 21st century, ed. Wells, J, ILO, Geneva, 12-14 December.

English, J. (2000) Education in, and Management of, Cultural Differences in a Developing Country in order to improve Industrial Efficiency. Proceedings for The Second International Conference of the CIB TG29, Gabarone, Botswana, 15-17 November, 2000, Botswana National Construction Industry Council, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, University of Bostwana, Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB), pp. 51-60

AWARDS

2016: Emerald publishing: Highly Commended Paper certificate for the paper “Black South African women in construction: cues for success”.

2015: Best Paper:  CIB International Conference, Belfast, Ireland. www.cibw099.com                  

2004-6: NRF grant (plus R200,000) for research project on Sustainable Livelihoods: Eradication of Poverty. Topic: Developing women in the skilled workforce                                                               

2003: Full grant from Glasgow Caledonian University for 4 years’ PhD study                          

2001: Tripartite Meeting on the Construction Industry in the 21st Century, ILO, Geneva, 13 December. Fully funded presentation. 

2000: Award (Excellent) for paper presented at the International Symposium on Construction and Economic Management, organised by Department of Construction, Tianjin University, China

KEYNOTE AND GUEST ADDRESSES

English, J. (2018) Chair for15th Gender Summit 18-19 June 2018, London, “United in Science and through Science”

English, J. (2015) “Bringing about substantial change in gender composition of engineering and technology fields: lessons from the construction sector” Sex and gender knowledge improving people’s lives. Gender Summit Africa, HSRC. 28-30 April, Cape Town. www.gender-summit.com

“A Case Study Review of a Blended Learning Course in Effective Writing for Professionals and Academics”, Thoughtful learner support in blended learning environments, UNISA Western Cape

Academic Support Development conference, Parow, 4 July 2015

“Political Economy of Gender and the Construction Sector”, Construction Unions and Negotiators’ conference, Building and Word Workers International (BWI), 4-5 June 2008, Johannesburg

“Women in Construction: Lessons to be Learnt for South Africa”, 1st Built Environment Conference, organised by Haupt and Smallwood,18-20 June 2006, Johannesburg

‘Does image matter?’ Building Industry Bargaining Council (BIBC) Seminar, Bellville, July 2005

‘Women in Construction: Agents of Change’, Women in Construction Working Conference, Cape Town. December 7, 2004

English, J. (2001) “Raising Labour Production and Improving Labour Relations on Construction Sites”.  Address given at Tripartite Meeting on the Construction Industry in Sub-Saharan Africa: the Construction Industry in the 21st century, International Labour Organisation, 12-14 December, Geneva. www.ilo.org

EDITORIAL BOARDS / REVIEWER

Reviewer:

Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

Journal “Revista de la Construcción” (ISI/Scopus/Scielo)

Journal of Construction in Developing Countries Editorial                                                                       

Technical Advisory Board:   Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology                                            

Member: CIDB (Construction Industry Development Board)

SAWIC (South African Women in Construction)

CONSULTANCIES / EXTENSION WORK: Communication training; writing and editing

National Government/ Municipal/ Non-Profit Organisations

Parliament;  Transnet,  Coega Development Organisation,  Cape Town City Council,  Special Investigation Unit (SIU);  CTCC Environmental Internship Programme;  Desmond Tutu Peace Centre, Botswana National Productivity Centre,  Infrutec,  Raymond Ackerman Entrepreneurs’ Course; LEAD,  CLOTEX,  National Botanical Institute,  CDRA,  CAP,  NICRO,  Black Sash

Industry:                                                                                                                                                                                           

GIBB (nationwide), AURECON, @Vantage, Kempston, EFG Consulting Engineers, GOBA, UMVOTO, Anglo-Platinum, Hulett Aluminium, PetroSA, Stewart Scott Consulting Engineers, Murray & Roberts Construction, PFG Consultants

Commerce:

Old Mutual, Moores Rowland,  INSETA,  Wesgro,  Korbitec,  Old Mutual,  Homechoice,  PriceWaterhouseCoopers,  Investec Asset Management,  KPMG,  Steer Properties,  Fairheads Trust, Woolworths,  Board of Executors,  Leo Computer Services,  INTEC

UCT and other tertiary Institutions:

CPD (EBE, UCT), Graduate School of Business, UCT;

Stellenbosch University (Construction Management Masters’ Programme),

Famelab Presentations  on scientific research.

Honours and Masters in Space Science and Astrophysics students (through NASSP, national pre-doctoral programme)

Honours and Masters in Radar (with University of Saudi Arabia)

Graduate School of Business – 1997-2011- full, part-time and modular MBA programmes

Staff / P. G. student courses: Research office, UCT: Conference Paper Presentations – 3 day residential course;  Curriculum Vitae for academia; Conference posters

EMS Winter and Summer Schools (extensive number);   UCT  Law Society;

EBE Post-graduate society;    South African Women in Engineering

Damelin College

UCT Extra Mural Studies programme

Schools:

Judge for R Poetry for Life competition       www.poetryforlife.co.za

Workshops to Nano-Technology Competition; Adjudicator: World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Competition; Adjudicator:  South African National Debating finals.       

CREATIVE PRODUCTS: PRESENTATIONS and ARTICLES

2013: Reader at BookLounge for launch of “Letters to my Son” by Mignonne Breier. Filmed by UCT: http://youtu.be/KyNXn5ubiWs

2009: Presentation on 6 March to EBE Faculty board on PCS.

2009: Interviewed by John Orr on Word of Mouth (featured in two programmes on current language use)

2008: Wrote the text and worked with the UCT web manager to create a website: www.pcs.uct.ac.za

2005: Presentation on 10/0805 to DAC, EBE on management of and developments in PCS.

2005: Invited guest speaker: ‘Does image matter?’, Building Industry Bargaining Council (BIBC) Seminar, Bellville, July 20, 2005

2004: Interviewed on Women To-day, SABC, by Nancy Richards (on communication).

2004: Invited guest speaker: ‘Women in Construction: Agents of Change’, Women in Construction Working Conference, Cape Town: December 7, 2004

2003: Interviewed by Mike Nicol for INSIGHT, Sunday Times, 7 Dec, 2003, p17

2003: Proposal for Inclusion of Professional Communication unit in Faculty of EBE

2000: Interviewed on Women To-day, SABC, by Nancy Richards (on cross cultural communication on construction sites)

Blog on Mail & Guardian Women’s Page

Mothers Unite: Not a Single Story (2014) Engineering News, UCT

Sales proposals: Win with Words, (2000) Jan/Feb 2002, SA Productivity, ed. P Morgan, Johannesburg, pp. 30-31

Punchy Proposals and Winning Words, (2000) Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business Bulletin, Nov, 23, pp.11-12

Raising Productivity through cultural awareness (1998), October 1998, SA Productivity, ed. P Morgan, Johannesburg, pp. 23-25

Creating Ubuntu on construction sites (1998), November 1998, Project Pro: Pretoria, pp. 57-60

From Interviews to Paste-Ups: An analysis of the Needs in Training of Industrial Editors (1988),

Quorum no3, South African Industrial Editors: Annual Review, Johannesburg, p 8

A Centenary of Women at UCT (1986), articles and editing

INFOTECH (1985), designed and edited newsletter for ITS, UCT

The Galley (1984), Maskew Miller Longman (Pty) Ltd.

Syfrets Trust Limited: Five Year Synoptic Review (1979-1983), Cape Town

A Career in Journalism (1985), Varsity newspaper, UCT

First Years and Growth of the Syfret House (May 16, 1984), The Cape Times

Rachmaninov: Creative Despair (1983), The Internist, Vol 4, No 3, Journal of the Association of Physicians of South Africa, Johannesburg: Melton Publications

Genius and Insanity: the Ruin of Musicians (1983), The Internist, Vol 6, No 2, Ad idem

The Role of the Artist in Renaissance Medicine (1982), The Internist, 3:2, Ad idem

Exquisite Music out of the Sounds of Silence (1982), The Internist, 4:3, Ad idem

Theatre and Cinema Critiques (1977), The Cape Times