Position: Principal Lecturer & Director of University Research Centre on Entrepreneurship & Family Business
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Faculty: Business & Management
Areas of Expertise: Entrepreneurship, family business and graduate employability
Dr Simon O'Leary is an experienced business and management academic and executive, with extensive international experience in higher education, as a lecturer and researcher, and in industry, as a professional scientist and engineer. He teaches and supervises in the Business and Management Faculty, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels up to PhD, specialising in entrepreneurship-related topics. Simon is also a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, one of just several hundred across the sector at this level. He is an active researcher, successfully publishing and presenting in academic journals and at international conferences, is the Founder/Editor of the Regent’s Working Papers series, has raised research funding and is actively involved in reviewing papers for numerous academic journals, books and conferences. Simon Chairs HEA Fellowships Panels, and has also been a Member of the University Senate and a postgraduate Programme Director.
- PGCHE, Post Graduate Certificate Higher Education, University of Kent, 2011.
- PTLLS, Preparing Teach Lifelong Learning Sector, Canterbury College, 2009.
- MBA, Masters Business Administration, School of Management, University of Cranfield, 1990.
- CDipAF, Certified Diploma Accounting Finance, Chartered Association Certified Accountants, 1981.
- PhD, Science & Management, University of Manchester, 1984.
- BSc Hons, Fuel & Energy, University of Leeds, 1980.
Relevant Past Employment
- 2011-2017:Principal Lecturer, Faculty of Business & Management, Regent’s University London.
- 2006-2010: Lecturer, Kent Business School, Canterbury & Medway campuses, University of Kent.
Business & Industry:
- 2005-2009, Professional Services sector, with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Solvik Consulting.
- 1999-2005, Life Sciences sector, with Pfizer and Steris.
- 1983-1999, Oil, Gas and Chemicals sector, with Burmah Castrol, Exxon and British Gas.
- Chartered Management Institute, Member, 2018
- British Academy Management, Member, 2017
- Higher Education Academy, Principal Fellow, 2016
- Science Council, Chartered Scientist, 2004
- Royal Society of Chemistry, Fellow, 1996
- Energy Institute, Fellow, 1992 & Winner McAndrew Award, 1980
- Engineering Council, Chartered Engineer, 1987
Teaching & Course Development
Faculty Head Learning & Teaching; engaged colleagues in Regent’s PGCHE programme, and promoted graduate attributes for Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy.
Programme Director, MA Luxury Brand Management; established foundations for success.
Module Leader; entrepreneurship specialist, along with strategy/marketing modules. Led Learning & Teaching workshops/seminars.
Programme developments and validations include development of Enterprise & Innovation pathway in undergraduate programme review (BAM); Chair of PGCHE development phase; Panel member for validation of MSc Marketing Psychology; Chair for validation of Post Graduate Certificate Mediation & Dispute Resolutions (HASS); Panel member for validation of Post Graduate Diplomas Fashion (HASS); Management Team for MSc Oil & Gas Trade Management (BAM) validation and professional accreditation; and Programme Director for revalidation of MALBM (BAM).
Established MALBM Consultancy Projects alongside Dissertations, this option then being extended across the postgraduate suite. Used Flexible Learning pedagogy for undergraduate (New Ventures) and postgraduate (Business Projects) modules.
Learning & Teaching:
Chaired the PGCHE development phase, and subsequently support colleagues and Chair HEA Fellowship Panels for applications through the Regent’s Enhanced Academic Practice (REAP) scheme.
Supervised numerous postgraduate and undergraduate research projects and dissertations at both Regent's University London and the University of Kent Business School. Advised many PhD students since own PhD was awarded in 1984. One of select number approved by the University of Northampton and appointed a PhD Supervisor for the programme here at Regent’s University London. Nearing completion of the University of Northampton’s Postgraduate Certificate in Research Degree Supervision, which will allow me to take on the role of PhD Director of Studies. Invited, based on my academic publication profile, to be a PhD External Examiner at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa, 2017. Chair of Viva examination, Professional Doctorate for the University of Wales, Doctor of Counselling Psychology DCounsPsy, 2017. Academic representative on PhD Examination Appeal Panel at Regent’s University London, 2012.
- 2014-2017: Member of the Energy Institute’s Accreditation and Approvals Panel for academic programmes across the UK and internationally.
- 2014-2017: External Examiner in the Faculty of Business & Law at Leeds Beckett University, with a focus on their franchised portfolio.
Research interests encompass entrepreneurship, family business and graduate employability.
Published in academic journals and books, including the Journals of Research in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Practice and Evidence of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Terra Economicus, Education and Work, The Marketing Review, New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences, Higher Education Academy, Economics and Sociology, Enhancing Learning in Social Sciences, and International Online Marketing. Published peer-reviewed conference papers for the Institute for Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Department for Business Innovation and Skills, Academy of Marketing, Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, Global Internships, Chartered Association of Business Schools, Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services, and several pedagogic University and Higher Education Academy conferences and events. Presented at events across the UK and internationally, including England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Ireland, Netherlands, Czech Republic and Canada.
Academic Journal Editor and Reviewer
Founder and Editor of the Regent’s Working Papers series: The series expanded from its Business & Management staff base to include students, Languages & Culture and Humanities & Social Sciences. Member of the Advisory Board and former Associate Editor: Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities - Border Crossing.
Editorial Reviewer for academic journals, books and conferences:
Academic Journals: Journal of Research in Marketing and Entrepreneurship (publisher Emerald Publishing); Education + Training (publisher Emerald Publishing); Industry & Higher Education Journal (publisher IP Publishing); Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences Journal (publisher Taylor & Francis); All Ireland Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (publisher All Ireland Society for Higher Education); Studies in Higher Education Journal (publisher Taylor & Francis); International Journal of Management Education (publisher Elsevier); International Journal of Business Performance Management (publisher Inderscience); Journal of Islamic Accounting and Business Research (publisher Emerald); & International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy (publisher Emerald).
Books: Rae, D., Opportunity-Centred Entrepreneurship (3rd edition, Springer); & Higgins, D., Jones, P. and McGowan, P., Creating Entrepreneurial Space: Talking through Multi-voices, reflections on emerging debates (1st edition, Emerald).
Conferences: EuroMed Conference (The EuroMed Research Business Institute); Global Internships Conference (The Academic Internships Council); & Institute Small Business Entrepreneurship Annual Conference (ISBE).
Undertaken a series of research management activities by self and with others, including the Regent’s Writing Retreat at Great Missenden, 2014-2017; Member of Research Ethics Panel for the Regent’s Institute of Languages and Culture, 2016-2017; Member of the Regent’s University London Senate Research Committee, 2013-2015; and active supporter of colleagues’ research initiatives.
- O’Leary, S. (2017), Developing entrepreneurial and employability attributes through marketing projects with SMEs, Research in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Vol.19, No.1, pp.77-90. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/JRME-07-2016-0024
- O’Leary, S. (2017), Enhancing graduate attributes and employability through initiatives with external partners, Practice and Evidence of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Vol.12, No.3, pp.505-518. http://community.dur.ac.uk/pestlhe.learning/index.php/pestlhe/article/view/152/214
- O'Leary, S. (2017), An economic impetus for enhancing employability support across higher education in Russia, Terra Economicus, Vol.15, No.1, pp.157-164. http://te.sfedu.ru/evjur/data/2017/15_1.pdf
- O'Leary, S. (2017), Graduates’ experiences of, and attitudes towards, the inclusion of employability-related support in undergraduate degree programmes; trends and variations by subject discipline and gender, Education and Work, Vol.30, No.1, pp.84-105. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13639080.2015.1122181
- O'Leary, S. and Swaffin-Smith, C. (2016), Organic model to reflect the transitional nature of family firms, The Marketing Review, Vol.16, No.3, pp.285-297. http://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/westburn/tmr/2016/00000016/00000003/art00004
- O’Leary, S. (2016), The opportunities and challenges for employability-related support in STEM degrees, New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences, Vol.11, No.1. https://journals.le.ac.uk/ojs1/index.php/new-directions/article/view/567/555
- O’Leary, S. (2016), Embedding employability into the curriculum: Strategic Enhancement Programme Funded Research Paper, Higher Education Academy Publications, York. https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resource/embedding-employability-curriculum-1
- O’Leary, S. (2015), Integrating employability into degree programmes using consultancy projects as a form of enterprise, Industry and Higher Education, Vol.29, No.6, pp.459-468. http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/ip/ihe/2015/00000029/00000006/art00004
- O’Leary, S. (2015), Economic governance and enterprise-related activities in higher education, Economics and Sociology, Vol.8, No.2, pp.143-153. http://www.economics-sociology.eu/files/ES_8_2_O__Leary.pdf
- O’Leary, S. (2013), Collaborations in higher education with employers and their influence on graduate employability; an institutional project, Enhancing Learning in Social Sciences, Vol.5, No.1, pp.37-50. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.11120/elss.2013.05010037
- O’Leary, S. (2012), Impact of Entrepreneurship Teaching in Higher Education on the Employability of Scientists and Engineers, Enterprise education, universities and entrepreneurship special issue, Industry and Higher Education, Vol.26, No.6, pp.431-442. http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/ip/ihe/2012/00000026/00000006/art00003
- El-Gohary, H., O’Leary, S. & Radway, P. (2012), Investigating the Impact of Entrepreneurship Online Teaching on Science and Technology Degrees on Students Attitudes in Developing Economies: The Case of Egypt, International Online Marketing, Vol.2, No.1, pp.25-37. http://www.igi-global.com/viewtitlesample.aspx?id=63010
- O’Leary, S., Swaffin-Smith, C. and Fakoussa, R. (2017), Entrepreneurial transitions in Family Business: Organic Model, Governance and Succession. Transnational Press London. http://tplondon.com/books/organic
- O’Leary, S. (2017), Planning a New Venture, pp.21-22 in Flexible Learning Practice Guide Practitioner Exemplars, Higher Education Academy, York. http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/31354/
- O’Leary, S. (2016), Developing Global Team Working Abilities and Enhancing Employability through Enterprise Initiatives, pp.165-182 in Whatley, J. and Nerantzi, C. (Eds.), Teaching with Team Projects in Higher Education, Informing Science Press, Santa Rose, California. ISBN 978-1-68110-013-5. https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=Ob_hDAAAQBAJ
- O’Leary, S. (2016), Embedding Employability at Regent’s University London, Case study for the Higher Education Academy Strategic Enhancement Programme 2014-15, HEA, York. https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resource/embedding-employability-regent%E2%80%99s-university-london
- O'Leary, S. (2014), Consultancy projects as an alternative to dissertations; an example of good practice in higher education, p.33 in Owens, J. and Tibby, M. (eds.), Enhancing employability through enterprise education: Examples of good practice in HE, The Higher Education Academy, York. https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/knowledge-hub/enhancing-employability-through-enterprise-education
- O’Leary, S. (2013), Case study: MA in Luxury Brand Management, Scottish Higher Education Enhancement Committee Taught Postgraduate Student Experience research project. http://www.enhancementthemes.ac.uk/docs/case-studies/ma-in-luxury-brand-management.pdf?sfvrsn=4
- El-Gohary, H., O’Leary, S. & Radway, P. (2013), Investigating the Impact of Entrepreneurship Online Teaching on Science and Technology Degrees on Students Attitudes in Developing Economies: The Case of Egypt, International Online Marketing, pp.1725-1737 in Small and Medium Enterprises: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications, Information Resources Management Association, IGI Global, USA. DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-3886-0.ch087 & https://www.igi-global.com/chapter/investigating-impact-entrepreneurship-online-teaching/76041
- O’Leary, S. (2012), Case study on client-focused business projects, p.50 in Brown, S. and the Assimilate project team (2012), A compendium of examples of innovative assessment at Masters level, Leeds Metropolitan University, ISBN 978-1-907240-30-0. http://sally-brown.net/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/09/120829_8791_AssmilateProjectCompendium_WEB.pdf
Regent’s Working Papers series http://www.regents.ac.uk/research-enterprise/research/publications-and-journals/working-papers-business-management.aspx:
- O’Leary, S. (2016), Disciplinary and gender variations in employability-related support across higher education, RWPBM1605, Regent's Working Papers in Business & Management, Regent's University London.
- O'Leary, S. and Swaffin-Smith, C. (2015), Organic model to reflect the transitional nature of family firms, RWPBM1501, Regent's Working Papers in Business & Management, Regent's University London.
- O’Leary, S. & Denton K. (2013), Problem-solving skills and employability traits amongst Generation Y and Millenials in developed economies, RWPBM1305, Regent’s University London & Missouri State University.
- O’Leary S. and Swaffin-Smith, C. (2013), An appraisal of family enterprise advisors as enhancers of both group performance and individual family member employability profiles, RWPBM1307, Regent’s University London.
Conference Papers Given
Peer-reviewed papers, presentations, workshops and posters at international conferences include:
- O’Leary, S. (2017), Using enterprise-based modules to enhance graduate attributes and employability, Horizons in STEM (Sciences Technology Engineering Mathematics) HE (Higher Education) Conference, Heriot-Watt University.
- O’Leary, S. (2017), Enterprise-related activities as a flexible learning platform for developing graduate attributes, Learning and Teaching Conference, Regent’s University London.
- O’Leary, S. (2017), Using enterprise as a flexible learning platform for developing graduate attributes, Learning and Teaching Conference, University of Chichester.
- O’Leary, S. (2016), International Jury President’s address at the Global Entrepreneurship Week, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands.
- O’Leary, S. (2016), Experiences and attitudes of graduates towards employability-related support in degree programmes, Dean’s Research Seminar, Faculty of Business & Management, Regent’s University London.
- O’Leary, S. (2016), The experiences and attitudes of graduates towards employability-related support in undergraduate degree programmes and the potential role for externally-facing student projects, Conference on Employer Engagement in Education and Training, Education and Employers Taskforce, Government Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, London.
- O’Leary, S. (2016), Developing entrepreneurial and employability attributes through marketing projects with SMEs, Academy of Marketing Annual Conference: Radical Marketing, Northumbria University, Newcastle Business School.
- O’Leary, S. (2016), The opportunities and challenges for employability-related support in STEM degrees, Horizons in STEM Higher Education Conference: Making Connections and Sharing Pedagogy Conference, University of Leicester.
- O’Leary, S. (2016), Developing graduate employability attributes through projects with external partners, Enhancing Student Learning Through Innovative Scholarship: How Teaching Focused Academics are Driving Teaching Excellence Conference, University College London.
- O’Leary, S. (2016), The opportunities and challenges for employability-related support across the academic disciplines, Learning and Teaching Conference, University of Chichester.
- O’Leary, S. (2016), Embedding employability into degree programmes using consultancy projects that embrace entrepreneurship and innovation, Entrepreneurship & Innovation Conference, Loughborough University London.
- O’Leary, S. (2016), The opportunities and challenges for employability-related support in arts and humanities degrees, Higher Education Academy Arts & Humanities Conference 2016, Brighton.
- O’Leary, S. (2016), Embedding Employability in the Curriculum, Cohort dissemination event of the Higher Education Academy Strategic Enhancement Programme 2014-2015, Birmingham.
- O’Leary, S. (2015), Economic governance and enterprise-related activities in higher education, Jean Monett workshop presentation on Economic Governance in Eastern Europe Conference, Charles University, Prague.
- O’Leary, S. (2015), European perspectives for Internship Abroad 101: Best practices to design an internship abroad programme, Co-host for pre-conference workshop, Internships and Employability: Building a Global Portfolio, Global Internships Conference, Dublin.
- O’Leary, S. (2015), Variances in graduate attitudes towards employability support such as internships during degree programmes, Presentation at Internships and Employability: Building a Global Portfolio, Global Internships Conference, Dublin.
- O’Leary, S. (2015), Weaving employability into the curriculum; an evaluation of an employer-based case study, Presentation at Association of Business Schools 4th Annual Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Conference, York.
- O'Leary, S. (2014), Consultancy projects as an alternative to dissertations; an example of good practice in higher education, p.33 in the HEA’s Examples of good practice in HE publication, Owens, J. and Tibby, M. (eds.), launched at Successful students: Enhancing employability through enterprise education conference, Cardiff.
- O’Leary, S. (2014), Embedding Employability into Degrees via Consultancy Projects as a form of Enterprise, Presentation, Institute Small Business & Entrepreneurship Annual Conference, University of Manchester.
- O’Leary, S. (2014), Views of graduates on employability and enterprise education as a platform for delivery, Presentation and workshop, Employability Conference: Developing globally competitive graduates: Opportunities and challenges for employability, University of Ulster.
- O’Leary, S. (2014), Incorporating employability into degree programmes by using consultancy projects as a form of international internship, Presentation at Global Internships Conference: Internships, Co-op, Experiential Education - Where next?, University of Toronto.
- O’Leary, S. (2014), Developing employability attributes by using consultancy projects as a form of problem-based learning in degree programmes, Engaging with Problem-Based Learning: Project LeAP, University of Leicester.
- O’Leary, S. (2014), Entrepreneurship education as an enhancer of graduate employability, Presentation at Faculty Research Seminar Series, Regent's University London.
- O’Leary, S. (2013), Enterprise education as a means of enhancing graduate employability, Presentation at Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services Biennial Conference 2013, University of Exeter.
- O’Leary, S. (2013), Case study: MA in Luxury Brand Management, Presentation by video at Scottish Higher Education International Enhancement Themes Conference, Glasgow.
- O'Leary, S. (2012), Using entrepreneurship to enhance the employability of scientists and engineers, Poster at the 1st Annual Conference on Aiming for Excellence in Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics STEM Learning and Teaching, Imperial College London & The Royal Geographical Society, Higher Education Academy.
- O’Leary, S. (2012), MA Luxury Brand Management Consultancy Projects, Poster at the Teaching with Team Projects: Best Practice for developing Employability Skills workshop, University of Salford & Higher Education Academy.
- O'Leary, S. (2012), The employability benefits of student consultancy projects rather than dissertation reports at Business & Management Masters level, Higher Education Academy's Employability Special Interest Group Workshop on Sustainable Employment, University of Winchester Business School & Higher Education Academy.
- O'Leary, S. (2012), Potential student employability benefits of undertaking client-focused business projects, Presentation at the Assimilate conference ‘Assessing students at Masters' level’, National Teacher Fellowship Scheme, Leeds Metropolitan University & HEA.
- O’Leary, S. (2012), Student employability issues in business and management teaching, Learning & Teaching Forum, Regent's University London.
- O’Leary, S. (2012), Business Environment & Employability, Postgraduate Open Evening Taster Lecture, Regent's University London.
- O’Leary, S. (2012), Research Publications, Poster at Research Training Day, Regent's University London.
- O’Leary, S. (2012), Research Publications, Poster at the Staff Conference, Regent's University London.
- O’Leary, S. (2012), Study Skills & Learning Resources, Presentation at the International Partnerships Office Exchange and Study Abroad Undergraduate Student Induction, Regent's University London.
- O’Leary, S. (2011), Teaching entrepreneurship on science and technology degrees in developing economies: Egypt case, Science & Technology Track, Institute Small Business Entrepreneurship Conference, University of Sheffield.
- O’Leary, S. (2011), Impact of entrepreneurship teaching on employability of scientists and engineers, Enterprise Education Track, Institute Small Business Entrepreneurship Conference, University of Sheffield.
- O’Leary, S. (2011), Study Skills & Learning Resources, Presentation for International Partnerships Office Exchange and Study Abroad Undergraduate Student Induction, Regent's University London.
Success in securing £25k’s worth of research funding:
- £14k from the HEA, 2014-2016: This included £4k to lead a cross-university staff and student team to develop a tool to help engage students and staff in enhancing employability, having already successful joined the HEA’s Strategic Enhancement Programme on Embedding Employability into the Curriculum, a programme that provided consultancy support worth £10k.
- £1k through the EU Jean Monnet fund, 2015-2017: To participate in its Centre of Excellence event on Economic Governance in Eastern Europe at Charles University Prague. The aim of the workshop was to facilitate debate about policy lessons and has led to publications in the European Journal of Economics and Sociology and in the Russian Journal Terra Economicus.
- £3k through the EU Erasmus+ scheme and Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, 2015-2016: To establish overseas teaching and research collaborations. Links formed at our International Partners’ Conference led to me teaching at the RUAS School of Commercial Management Studies, assessing student projects during their Global Entrepreneurship Week, hosting RUAS students at Regent’s, my role as President of the Jury for international student start-ups and an offer of free places for Regent’s students at entrepreneurship events.
- £7k of institutional funding, 2011-2017: For pedagogic research leading to publication in a series of academic journals and presentations at international conferences across UK, Europe and North America.
Last updated: 05 April 2018