Monday, 9 May 2016

New Principal appointed

We are pleased to announce that we have appointed a new Principal, Dr Janet Rose who has over 20 years’ experience working in early years, both nationally and internationally.  Joining Norland from Bath Spa University, Dr Rose is currently a Reader in Education (Associate Professor), Programme and Award Leader for Early Childhood Education.

Dr Janet Rose has had a long-standing career in early years education, training and provision both nationally and internationally. She has an established track record of senior leadership in Higher Education, leading large degree programmes in early years education and early childhood, as well as MA and doctoral degrees, alongside early years teacher training. Dr Rose is passionately committed to the promotion of quality research and excellence in early years provision. Her entire career has been dedicated to the advancement of young children’s potential and well-being and the adults that support them.  

As a former teacher and early years practitioner, Dr Rose has worked in a variety of early years settings and schools both in England and Europe.  In the past 10 years, she has worked at several universities, including Gloucestershire University, where she helped to develop the ‘top up’ degree for Norland students. Dr Rose is the recipient of two ‘Outstanding Teaching’ student awards and has a national profile as an early years expert.  She is frequently invited to be a keynote speaker at national conferences such as with the National College of Teaching and Learning and the National Day Nurseries Association. 

Dr Rose has been a consultant for numerous Local Authority Early Years Services around the country and has been commissioned to develop various training programmes based on her expertise and research into early years provision. She set up her own business working with parents, babies and toddlers providing developmental and sensory workshops which drew on the latest neuroscientific and neurophysiological research to create optimal learning opportunities for young children. 

Dr Rose has a strong research profile having led several projects around the country in collaboration with local authorities and other organisations, including the Attachment Aware Schools and Emotion Coaching projects, which have developed a comprehensive programme of support for children affected by early attachment difficulties, trauma and neglect.  This research has been cited by the government and Oxford University and has received attention in America and Australia.  She is also the author of numerous academic publications including co-authorship of two key texts – ‘The Role of Adult in Early Years settings’ and ‘Health and Wellbeing in Early Childhood’. Dr Rose is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an Associate of Early Education and a founder of Emotion Coaching UK.

Dr Janet Rose said: “I am delighted to be joining Norland College and am very much looking forward to working with such a reputable institution. Given my commitment to quality early years practice and provision, I was particularly drawn to the College's unique degree which balances academic knowledge and understanding of early learning and development, with a range of essential vocational skills, generating the world renowned Norland graduates.”

Dr Rose will start in her post at Norland in summer 2016 when we will sadly say goodbye to our current Principal, Elizabeth Hunt.


  1. There could not be a better person for the role. Janet is truly inspiring and and her knowledge and experience is second to none. Furthermore her approach to empowering students and equipping them with the knowledge, skills and understanding that is demanded in outstanding early childhood provision is nothing short of world leading. Her passion for instilling the highest quality Early Years professionals within every setting is at the forefront of everything she does. It is a great honor to say that my our pedagogical approach has been and will continue to be shaped by the sheer brilliance of such a supportive and inspiring lady. Congratulations Janet.