Welcome to the Careers and Leadership Development Research Group. We are a group of academics and research students from across the University of Worcester, based mainly in Worcester Business School, with interests in a broad range of careers and leadership development-related topics.


Our aims are:

1. To conduct research to generate academic knowledge in the areas of careers and leadership development, including:

  • The nature of careers (Gender and careers; changing nature of work and careers; professionalism; careers in the not for profit sector; management and leadership identity) 
  • Career development (Coaching and mentoring; career coaching) 
  • Career competencies (Career competencies; developing student employability; pedagogy for business education) 
  • Leadership development (Dilemmas in leadership; performance and enhancement in leadership; followership)

2. To provide research-based solutions in afore-mentioned areas

3. To undertake research to enhance the learning experience and employability of WBS students and graduates

Members and Research Students

  • Happiness Agwaze (research student)
  • Dr Holly Andrews is interested in careers from a ‘dark side’ perspective. Her research looks into how traits associated with psychopathy in particular relate to career path and success within organisations.
  • Dr Scott Andrews has a research interest in the impact of participant centred learning and teaching modes in management education on present and future career competencies; and in particular the roles of Work Based learning and Case Study based learning approaches to management development.
  • Kritika Bahadur (research student) has an interest in the field of work life balance with a particular focus on the role of gender and management and integration of different life spheres.
  • Caphas Chisangowerata (research student)
  • Professor Jan Francis-Smythe has an interest in career competencies, the role of person-job fit in career development, time-related aspects of career and leadership development and evidence-based practice.
  • Simon Hairsnape (research student) is researching the dynamics of stakeholder opposition and how it influences the NHS’ ability to reconfigure hospital services. Simon is a senior manager in the NHS and brings an ‘insider–researcher’ perspective to his studies.
  • Katherine Jones manages the work placement programmes and employability for Worcester Business School. Her main areas of interest are placements, graduate employability and enterprise.Converging students’ perceptions on placements and part-time work while in full-time study
  • Dr Lynn Nichol
  • Anita Pickerden
  • Dr Catharine Ross is interested in managing diversity, social responsibility and ethics in organisations, and in the development and management of trade unions.
  • Dr Helen Scott
  • Adam Turner
  • Joanne Law (research student and sessional lecturer) has a research interest in exploring innovative recruitment and selection practices, with a particular focus on ‘cyber-vetting’ and its impact on the formation and development of trust, between new employees and their employers.


Current projects include:

  • Men's Work-life balance: a case study of UK Police Officers
  • Converging students’ perceptions on placements and part-time work while in full-time study
  • The nature and extent of ‘evidence use’ in evidence-based practice across different professions
  • Perceived Workplace Coaching Effectiveness: Development and Validation of a Scale
  • Do individual differences impact on workplace coaching effectiveness? 
  • Women’s persistence in IT careers in Nigeria
  • The impact of HRD research on practice – a study of the 2013 REF Impact case studies

Information for potential research students

We welcome applications from students wishing to research topics related to careers and leadership development, including:

  • career development
  • employability
  • leadership and management development
  • managing diversity

How to apply

For an informal discussion about an application please contact CLDRG@worc.ac.uk or 01905 542444

Get in touch


Careers and Leadership Development 
City Campus 
Castle Street 
WR1 3AS 
United Kingdom

01905 542444