Professor Clare Schofield

Executive Dean, Faculty of Business and Management

Clare is Professor of Enterprise and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business and Management a role she was appointed to in September 2016.  She joined the University of Chester in February 2015 as Associate Dean for Knowledge Transfer as well as Professorial Lead at University Centre Shrewsbury.


Her portfolio included research and knowledge transfer strategy and implementation, degree apprenticeships, employability though work based learning and leadership of the undergraduate and postgraduate programme portfolio at University Centre Shrewsbury. Clare has more than eighteen years’ of experience in higher education. Recognised for her contribution to enterprise education, Clare was an elected Director of Enterprise Educators UK, a national organisation that aims to increase the scale, scope and effectiveness of enterprise and entrepreneurship education.

Prior to joining the faculty, Clare was the Deputy Director of the Centre for Enterprise at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School. The Centre was focused on developing business leaders and supporting SME business growth as well as innovating in enterprise and entrepreneurship education within higher education. Clare was the Academic Director of the internationally acclaimed 10,000 Small Businesses Programme UK funded by the Goldman Sachs Foundation in New York. The programme supported the most ambitious businesses in the North West of England to grow creating jobs and opportunity.

In addition to her university role, Clare is also a Director of the West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce and a member of the skills sub-group. In 2017 Clare was instrumental in relocating the Chamber of Commerce the Queen’s Park Campus at the University of Chester so the two organisations can work together to develop new and existing business leaders in Cheshire and North Wales. Clare is also a member of the University Business Advisory Council which is a group of leading figures from business, the public and third sectors that support the Faculty of Business and Management to achieve the faculty vision and mission and advise on strategy.

Clare was awarded her PhD in Management in 2006 and her thesis drew upon evidence from a large quantitative survey of senior and middle managers in the NHS and examined the views of managerial employees on performance and human resources. Clare is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and she published academic papers on the subjects of enterprise education and business growth. She is supervising doctoral candidates in the field of leadership in different contexts.

Published work

McNeill, T., Ancliff, V., Schofield, C. and Baines, S., (2014), What drives high growth? The role of the individual entrepreneur in the high growth business.  37th Institute of Small Business & Entrepreneurship Conference. Manchester, UK (Awarded best paper in track)

Martin, L. M., Warren-Smith, I., Schofield, C. and Millman C. (2013), Exploring SME advice and training needs for entrepreneurial rural firms, The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Volume 12 issue 3

Martin L M, Schofield C, Millman, C. and Reddy, S., (2012), White and Male?  Constructing entrepreneurs, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Autumn

Martin, L. and Schofield, C., (2011), The media, negative values and graduate enterprise education; Constructing student ideas about innovation and enterprise. Fostering Education and Entrepreneurship. Edited by Dabic, M and Pietrzykowski, M. Bogucki Wydawnictwo Naukowe, Poznan, Poland

Martin, L., Schofield, C., Millman, C., Reddy-Sursani, S., (2011), White and male? Constructing student perceptions of entrepreneurs as' other’, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 12, (3), 179-187