Areas of Expertise: Business, management, leadership and law
Vanessa Knowles is Director of Corporate Programmes at the Lord Ashcroft International Business School, and Course Leader for Barclays’ BA (Hons) Management & Leadership work-based degree.
before joining Anglia Ruskin University in September 2007, Vanessa was an Early Career Development Advisor at Rolls-Royce plc, with responsibility for the Global Engineering Graduate Leadership Development Programme. Her academic career commenced at Nottingham Trent University in 1995 where she held a variety of course leader positions across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes which were delivered to a broad range of public and private sector organisations.
Vanessa's work with the Barclays Degree Programme has won two national awards, namely, The CIPD Best Talent Attraction & Management programme (2012) and the Target Jobs Award - Best School leaver programme (2013).
Her research interest is in the area of Career Management & Development, specifically focused on undergraduates. She has won 3 national awards for her published research work, namely;
The focus on career development of undergraduates stems from her extensive involvement with corporate talent development programmes and a growing interest in the links between early career success and personality types.
Vanessa is responsible for business development activity in the Corporate Education Sector with a strategic role focusing on developing and accrediting work-based programmes that facilitate employer engagement with our University. She is Course Leader for the Barclays BA (Hons) Management & Leadership (work-based) degree which forms part of Barclays internal talent development programmes and also Course Leader for our MSc Solution Focused Thinking & Leadership. Vanessa is Module Leader on a large range of both undergraduate and post-graduate modules that form part of corporate education work-based learning programmes. The client portfolio at the Lord Ashcroft International Business School, to date, to which teaching and module and Course Leader responsibilities extend includes; Barclays plc, The Arts Council of England, Heritage Lottery Fund, UPS Ltd and Volvo Construction Ltd.
A Nottingham Business School Degree to Enhance Graduate Employability, Enhancing Graduate Employability in Business and Management, Hospitality, Leisure, Sport, Tourism, (2006) Edited by Nina Beckett and Patsy Kemp, Threshold Press Ltd
Mentoring in Undergraduate Business Management Programmes, Journal of European Industrial Training, Vol. 27, No 3, 2003
Graduate Recruitment: Implications for Business and Management Courses in HE, Journal of European Industrial Training, Vols. 25, Nos. 2/3/4, 2001
What are the lessons we are learning about ‘Developing Learning’ modules, The International Journal of Management Education, Vol.1, No. 1, 2000
Graduate Recruitment and Selection: Implications for HE, Graduates and Small Business Recruiters, Career Development International, Vol 5, No. 2, 2000
Graduate Recruitment and Selection Practices in Small Businesses, Career Development International, Vol 5, No. 1, 2000
The Changing Nature of Graduate Careers, Career Development International, Vol. 22, No. 3, 1999
Exploring Business Skills: an innovative approach to promoting lifelong learning, Journal of Further & Higher Education, Vol 22, No. 3 1998
April 2009 - Workbased Learning - Innovating Undergraduate & Postgraduate Programes, Placenet Annual Conference, 22 - 24 April, Edinburgh, UK
July 2007 - Partnership Approach to Work Based Learning, 2 Case Studies, Association of Graduate Recruiters Annual Conference, 6 - 8 July, Celtic Manor, UK
May 2004 - Promoting the employability of graduates: the case of the NBS BABM degree, (with Stewart J) HRD: Cross-Cultural Comparative and International Perspectives: Proceedings of the 5th Conference on HRD Research and Practice across Europe, University of Limerick, Ireland
September 2002 - Mentoring in Undergraduate Business Management Programmes (with Stewart, J), Irish Academy of Management Annual Conference, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland
September 2002 - The Use of Mentoring in Higher Education Programmes; (with Stewart, J), Annual European Conference on Educational Research, University of Lisbon, Portugal
January 2002 - Mentoring in Undergraduate Business Management Programmes (with Stewart, J) 3rd Conference of HRD Research and Practice: Creativity and Innovation in Learning, Napier University, Edinburgh