Jane Slowey, Alumna of the Year 2010

Jane-Slowey-web-profileJane Slowey CBE was named Alumna of the Year in 2010 for her work supporting young people. Jane passed away in October 2017.

Jane joined the Foyer Federation as Chief Executive in 2004 and helped position the organisation as a champion for new ways of working with young people struggling to make the transition to adulthood. 

Jane described her leadership journey as more of a meander than a traditional career path, taking in voluntary action, community activism and local politics including eight years as a Birmingham City Councillor and six years as CEO of Birmingham Voluntary Service Council. She had wide experience as a trustee, is a former Vice Chair of the National Council for Voluntary Services and helped develop and influence policy at local, national and regional level.  

Jane received a CBE for services to disadvantaged young people in 2009, sang in a choir and enjoyed spending time with her family.

After receiving her award, Jane said: "Being recognised by the University was a great honour in itself but, more than that, being Alumna of the Year gave me an opportunity to try and share something of how important my time at Birmingham has been throughout my life with a group of young graduands just starting out on their journeys. What a privilege."

Jane became a trustee for the charity Commonweal Housing in 2007. The charity, which works to find housing solutions to social injustice, has partnered with the University to offer a student bursary in Jane's honour. Two undergraduates in the School of Social Policy who have a focus on housing in their final year dissertation will receive support in 2018. From 2019 to 2021 the bursary will be open to three students.