What do you enjoy most about teaching business?
I joined INTO Newcastle back in January 2010. My background is in Business Management, having held the position of company director in a family business for 14 years. Being a graduate of Newcastle University myself, I’ve always enjoyed and appreciated the warm, welcoming atmosphere on campus and around the city, and so coming back here to work is a pleasure.
Very simply, I love my job! It is a real privilege to teach such a diverse range of students who bring their own mix of skills and experiences to the classroom. I firmly believe that whether or not students are planning to study Business specifically in the future is irrelevant for my module. My role is, of course, to guide students through the academic process of developing their learning, evaluation and research skills, but also to prepare them for the workplace, wherever and whenever that might be.
What does the business course involve?
The module is designed to explore a range of key business areas, including Human Resource Management, Marketing, International Strategic Management, contemporary trends such as Globalisation and e-commerce, and perhaps the most challenging aspect of all in business – the behaviours of the people within it!
I aim to bring a range of activities to the classroom which engage students and encourage them to develop their own skill set. Motivation means everything in my role so what you will find in my classroom are lots of team work exercises, group debates, some role play, plenty of application to a range of international business case studies, in addition to the creation of some real business experiences outside of the classroom.
For example, we have teamed up with the Lush Cosmetics store in Newcastle, providing students with opportunities to learn more about their business processes and even get hands on, making various products at the workshops provided.