Jonathan Adams graduated from the University of Bradford in 1990 with a B.Eng. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He holds a Certificate in Education from the University of Leicester, and an M.A. in Continuing Education from the University of Warwick. He also holds a PhD in Engineering Education.  His industrial background is in the lift-making industry where he spent nearly 10 years. He has been employed at The University of Northampton for over 20 years specialising in distance education for the lift industry. He is currently Head of Department of Engineering & Technology.

His research interests include teaching and learning strategies used in continuing and engineering education, and in the use of electronic methods for delivery, assessment and support.
He is a Teaching Fellow of The University of Northampton.