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Dr Janet Bonar

Staff Governor (Academic)

Board of Governors

Dr Janet Bonar, Senior Lecturer and Staff Governor


Janet is course leader for mechanical and manufacturing engineering and joined Solent in 2013 following a range of jobs in manufacturing and research in semiconductors. Janet is passionate about making a difference for students at Solent, and about making Solent the best it can be! Janet won the Vice-Chancellor’s Award in 2017, having been nominated for Improving the Student Experience.

Janet’s academic background includes a BA (Hons) with a major in Physics from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, USA, and MSc in Materials Science from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, USA, followed by a PhD from the Department of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton where her research work focussed on a new crystal growth technique for semiconductor devices. After joining Solent in 2013, Janet undertook the PGCert HE and became a Fellow of the HEA.

Janet is also a Member of the IET and volunteers with the Solent Local Network of the IET, liaising between the engineering students and the IET, as well a holding the role of Secretary of the Local Network. 

Committee membership

  • Governance Committee