Jo Hutchinson is Associate Director at SQW. Prior to joining SQW in 2017 she has been a researcher at several universities, most recently as Head of Applied Research at the University of Derby where she also chaired the University Research Ethics Committee. At SQW Jo contributes to our research portfolios across the children and young people, lifelong learning, personalisation and social and economic development agendas.
Jo is a skilled project manager and experienced social scientist with over twenty-five years of research experience. The focus of her work is to support economic development initiatives that make a difference to social inclusion, equality and diversity and build strong and vibrant places. Her project work has encompassed issues around education and training, young people's transitions, public employment services, equality and diversity, STEM subjects and careers, and higher education within regional or local policy contexts. Examples of recent assignments include strategic work on HE development for the Welsh Government and several university clients; research into the effectiveness of careers support for young people for the Careers and Enterprise Company and for women returners in both public and private sector for the Government Equalities Office. Jo manages several process and impact evaluation assignments for a range of clients including Arts Council England, STEM Learning, the Education and Training Foundation and various Local Economic Partnerships.
An advocate of continuous professional development, Jo is a qualified HE tutor with a Postgraduate Certificate in HE. She was recently awarded her Doctorate entitled; "Place Matters: Young people's transitions to the labour market".