Dr Janine Archer

School of Health & Society

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Current positions

School Apprenticeship Lead


As the Institutional Ofsted Lead and Nominee for the University of Salford I am responsible for ensuring the University apprenticeship provision is of high-quality and that all stakeholders are prepared for Ofsted inspection. I have extensive leadership and management experience and Chair the University Apprenticeship Operations Group and lead the self-assessment report and quality improvement plan. I am experienced in Ofsted inspection and proficient in understanding and applying Ofsted’s Education Inspection Framework and the Further Education and Skills Handbook. I lead Ofsted readiness sessions with a range of senior leaders from academic and professional services and conduct deep dive activities across the apprenticeship provision identifying examples of good practice and identifying areas for improvement.

I joined the University of Salford in 2016 to pioneer the innovative Nursing Associate Higher Apprenticeship before becoming the Head of Apprenticeships for the School of Health and Society. In 2021 I was awarded the University Special Recognition Award having been nominated for ‘driving forward recruitment numbers and awareness of degree apprenticeships…always willing to share her knowledge and go the extra mile for anything apprenticeship-related’.

I qualified as a Registered Nurse (Mental Health) in 1993 and gained further qualifications in cognitive behavioural therapy and health and community research. I have extensive experience in primary care mental health service delivery and development and have practiced as a National Health Service manager and leader working for the National Institute for Mental Health in England introducing and evaluating new ways of working in primary care mental health. I was awarded a prestigious Department of Health Researcher Development Award enabling Doctorate level studies and my PhD examined ‘Collaborative Care for Depression in Primary Care’. I have worked in Higher Education since 2009, have teaching qualifications and recognised teacher status and have significant experience teaching and leading undergraduate and postgraduate nursing and research programmes.