University of Gloucestershire welcomes new Head of the Business School

 The University of Gloucestershire is delighted to announce the arrival of Dr. Dominic Page, as its new Head of the Business School.

Published: 23/10/2020 14:33
Last updated: 23/10/2020 14:36

​With 16 years in Higher Education, Dr. Dominic Page is an HRM and disability researcher specialising in welfare reform, employment law and in-work poverty. His move to the University of Gloucestershire marks a new chapter for the Business School, now based in its new £18 million-pound state of the art home at Oxstalls Campus in Gloucester.​

​Dominic previously worked as Head of the South Wales Business School at the University of South Wales and as Associated Head of Department in Bristol Business School at the University of the West of England. Prior to this Dom was a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management at UWE. He also spent time at Cardiff University as a research fellow, where worked with the Welsh Assembly Government on the management of workplace health and GP education.

His areas of research expertise include Equality and Diversity, Welfare and Welfare Reform, Political Economy of Work, Mental Health and Employment and Workplace Health. In his doctoral research, Dom examined the labour market experiences of disabled people. Related to this work, Dom has most notably published in Work, Employment and Society and in the Australian Journal of Labour Economics.

Dom has a significant interest in public health and wellbeing and has engaged in research to inform public policy; first was research on work and well-being, in collaboration with the South West Healthy Workplace Strategic Alliance. The project provided support and analysis of the South West regional strategy in the NHS emerging from consultations between employers and trade union representatives. This was supported by UK government funding after the Black Report, and outcomes included clear criteria for a challenge fund for local organisations to support workplace health strategies. Furthermore, research funded by The Joseph Rowntree Foundation investigated employment transitions, poverty and the impact of disability (published as a report in 2013). This formed part of the Foundation's Future of the UK Labour market programme that, in partnership with the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, explored the links between skills, job progression and poverty, and ways to help specific groups of workers and jobseekers. Finally, Dom was successful in gaining Early Career Researcher funding for research investigating the impact of the changing welfare regime upon disabled people in the UK.

As Head of the Business School, Dom is committed to developing outstanding opportunities for staff and students to make a real contribution to the Gloucestershire region. He is focused on developing business education that is relevant, ethical and focused on providing students with the opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are valuable in the contemporary international labour market. The new state of the art £18 million pound Business School at the University's Oxstalls Campus offers students the opportunity to engage with businesses alongside their studies. The Business School is home to the University's Business, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Law and Accounting and Finance courses. As home to The Growth Hub, the University's centre of enterprise, The Business School is frequently host to a number of skilled entrepreneurs and business professionals.

Head of the Business School Dr. Dominic Page said:

“Business education needs to be innovative, transformational and connected with society. I am passionate about developing the way in which the Business School engages with industry in all we do, through a range of strategic partnerships. We have had huge success in developing very high-quality apprenticeships and professional education to support the upskilling of our local workforce. This will be a significant priority as we look to support rural and urban economic recovery for Gloucestershire and the wider region.

We need to build on and develop our partnerships with industry to help new generations of students meet the challenges we will undoubtably face as we look to rebuild our economy. I am committed to exploring how we can support business as they respond to the uncertain short-term trading conditions and build resilience in the face of real market uncertainty. Over the coming months, we will be launching a range of initiatives to connect our students with industry for mutual benefit."

 Dr Dominic Page is available for interviews, please contact the University Press Office to arrange on 01242 714516 or pressoffice@glos.ac.uk.