Jill Harrison NNEB, CertEd, BA Hons, MSc

Principal Lecturer and Programme Leader

Jill Harrison is a Principal Lecturer and Programme Leader for Early Years in the School of Education at the University of Greenwich.

Jill has worked in the Early Year's sector for many years within the private, voluntary, health and social service sectors. She has been manager of a work place nursery and a large Early Year's centre for the local authority. She is Link Tutor for the Early Years programmes that our partners in SEGi College Malaysia deliver.

Since joining the University of Greenwich, she leads on the BA Hons Early Years and Early Years Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course, as well as Link Tutor for the Early Years programme that our partners in SEGi College Malaysia deliver.

Posts held previously:

  • 2001-09, Programme Area Leader, Lewisham College
  • 1995-2001, Lecturer, Bromley College of Further and Higher education (Opened and managed nursery)
  • 1993-95, Nursery Manager, Amersham Early Years Centre, London Borough of Lewisham
  • 1993, Nursery Coordinator and Manager, Fleet Street Nursery, London
  • 1980-93, Held a variety of posts; in social service nurseries; a hospital nursery; as a private nanny; and maternity nurse.

Responsibilities within the university

  • Principal Lecturer and Programme Leader, Early Years.
  • Programme lead on BA Hons Early Years and ITT courses
  • Link tutor


  • External examiner for the University of Northampton

Research / Scholarly interests

Jill is currently researching on the Early Years professional role and how well prepared nursery practitioners are for the level of work they are asked to do. This study will review qualifications and how staff are supported both here and in Malaysia.

Recent publications


Henshall, Amanda , Atkins, Louise, Bolan, Rebecca, Harrison, Jill , Munn, Heather (2018), Certified to make a difference’: the motivation and perceptions of newly qualified early years teachers in England. Taylor & Francis Online. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis Online, Journal of Vocational Education & Training, 70 (3) . pp. 417-434 ISSN: 1363-6820 (Print), 1747-5090 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/13636820.2018.1437063).