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Penny Adshead

Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management

Prior to working in academia, I held corporate roles in line management and people development within the leisure industry and also spent time as a self-employed L&D consultant working with local businesses in the Midlands and South West. Chevron icon


I am an experienced professional in teaching HR and HRD and in competence and work-based approaches to learning in business.

Within the undergraduate programmes, I act as a senior tutor supporting all students and tutors, working very closely with the Helpzones in areas of student support.

I specifically teach on business management and HR models across all levels and act as a supervisor for HR dissertations.


  • MA: Management, University of Worcester, 2006
  • PGDip: Coaching and Mentoring, University of Wolverhampton, 2008
  • PGDip: Personnel and Development, Worcester, 2004
  • PGCert: Education (FE and HE), Nottingham Trent University, 2003

Membership of professional bodies

Chartered Fellow in the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

Chartered Member in the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

Teaching & Research


I teach across the management and HR modules on all HR programmes, taking the lead on the skills modules for postgraduate and professional courses, acting as a supervisor for dissertations in the HR field.


Undergraduate and postgraduate supervision focused around flexible working, work-life balance, learning and development and employee engagement in both UK and Kazakh organisations.

Doctoral supervision focused on training in Libya and influence of culture on management in Libya.