Dr Kate Black

Senior Lecturer in HRM
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I am a Senior Lecturer in HRM with a diverse range of teaching and research interests, especially within in the areas of Leading and Managing People and Manager Development and Learning; also research methods. I am Deputy Programme Leader for the MSc Management programme and co-ordinate the Undergraduate Dissertation.


MSc, MBA, PGCE, BSc (Hons), FHEA

• BSc (Hons) Physical Geography, University of Reading

• MSc Rural Resource Management, University of Wales, Bangor

• Masters in Business Administration (MBA), University of Chester

• PGCE (Secondary) Geography with Physical Education, University of Wales, Aberystwyth

  • PhD, Lancaster University


Prior to joining the University just over 8 years ago, I was a Tutor in Marine Ecology and Geography for the Field Studies Council in Pembrokeshire, before teaching at a school in Hartford, Cheshire. I bring commercial experience from my role as Training and Development Officer for a large High Street Retailer, a role that involved driving the recruitment and training strategy during a period when the branch was under considerable strain, both locally, in terms of staffing availability, and through the implementation of changing sales strategies.

I am a keen hill walker and love the challenge of a good mountain.



• Research methods

• Dissertation supervision in the areas of leadership, OB and HRM


• MSc Management Programmes

Research Methods, Managing in Organisations, Dissertation supervision in the areas of leadership, OB and HRM

• MBA Executive, Corporate and International programmes

Leading and Managing People, Manager Development and CPD, Dissertation supervision in the areas of leadership, OB and HRM

• Doctorate in Business Administration

Quantitative research methods


Currently undertaking a PhD with Lancaster University, I am research active in the areas of identity issues in professional development and professional learning for the integrated working agenda in public services. Focussing upon the use of social practice theorising, I typically work within a mixed methods or quantitative paradigm.


I currently hold an ESRC-TERN sponsored Research Fellowship working with other researchers from universities in the North West of England on collaborative projects


Chartered Institute of Manager: Member

Higher Education Academy: Fellow

Published work

 Black, K. (2011) An Integrated Workforce for Children: Realism or idealism? Educational Review (under review)

Black, K. (2011) “Why bother with an MBA? Student-managers’ learning commitment on a Corporate MBA programme, International UFHRD Conference, Gloucester

Black, K. (2010) The implications of Student-managers’ learning commitment for a Corporate MBA programme, Society for Research in Higher Education, Conference, Newport

Black, K. (2010) “Who am I as a teacher? Changing professional identity and learning: implications for HRD”, International UFHRD Conference, Pecs, Hungary

Black, K. (2010) “International students: expectations and realities”, Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, University of Chester.

Black, K. (2009) “Mind the gap”: the challenge of male trainee teacher retention, Society for Research in Higher Education, Conference, Newport

Black, K. (2009) “Working across Professional Boundaries”, Symposium paper, BERA Conference

Black, K. (2009) “Mind the Gap: Gender differences in response to initial professional development: the case of male trainee teacher retention”, International UFHRD Conference, Newcastle

Black, K. (2008) “The Professional Identity of Teachers & its implications for the management of the Every Child Matters agenda”, BERA Conference

Black, K. (2001) Saltmarshes: Fieldwork opportunities for Geographers. Teaching Geography 26(1) pp10-15

Black, K. (2000) Practical Geography: Quadrats – not just for Biologists. Geography Review 13(3) pp16-19

Black, K. (1999) Statistics for Fieldwork made Simple Unpublished pamphlet used across the twelve Field Studies Council’s Field Centres

Black, K. (1999) “Saltmarshes: Soils & Succession made easy”, Geographical Association Conference, Manchester

Black, K. (1998) “Practical Geography: Saltmarshes & Succession”. Geography Review 12(1) pp25-37

Black, K. (1988) Fieldwork techniques workshop, ECIS Conference, The Hague

Black, K. (1996-1999) Monitoring work for the Countryside Council for Wales: Regular field monitoring, under contract from CCW, following the Sea Empress oil spill