Jennifer Blakelidge, FHEA, PGCert, BSC, PGDip
Jennifer Blakelidge is the ICM lead for UK Track students. In this role, Jen provides teaching and practical skills classes across AUC’s basic science program and leads Free Friday labs, featuring guest speakers and extracurricular workshops. She also contributes to the Lancashire Science Festival and introduces healthcare to primary school children. Jen is dedicated to student success and is always available for support and guidance. She strives to create a safe and informative learning environment and uses creative activities to consolidate concepts.
Jennifer Blakelidge practiced as an anaesthetic and recovery nurse in the operating room and taught students in clinical settings prior to moving into medical education. She has taught clinical skills on UK based MBBS and MPAS programmes for UCLan before moving into her current role with AUC. Jen continues to undertake clinical shifts to ensure her skills are up-to-date and students are taught to current, relevant clinical standards. She was previously employed in the Cardiac Catheter Lab and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and has a wealth of experience to share with the students. She is active in medical education research with focus on student self-efficacy and observable results.
Jen Blakelidge earned her DipHE in psychology from Sheffield Hallam University, followed by her DipHE in nursing, bachelor’s of science degree (honors) in professional practice, and PGCert in medical education from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is currently undertaking her doctoral degree in medical education. Outside of work, Jen enjoys running and has completed three marathons,numerous races and fun runs, including Disney events in Florida. She spends time playing games with family and friends and took up cross stitch during lockdown. She resides in the UK with her husband.