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Francesca Walker

Senior Lecturer (Employability Lead) & LaunchPad Lead

School of Management

Greenbank Building, GR041

+44 (0) 1772 89 4658

Francesca (BA, MBA, MCMI) has developed her skills through a wide variety of roles within business; including management, project management, operations management, change management, staff and student development. With her portfolio career, own business and wide range of business contacts she is ideally placed to support students and develop their employability skills.

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Employability is the main focus of Francesca's day to day work, and she is delighted to be the lead for the LaunchPad programme; working with the leaders of the future, who will be doing the jobs that nobody has even thought of yet which is hugely inspirational.

Francesca joined the University as a senior lecturer in 2008 and has great pleasure of being able to share experiences from her portfolio career, which includes project management, operations management, change management and recruitment and training.

Professional development is something that Francesca encourages across all programmes within the Business School; and as a member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) she ensures that she will retain and continue to grow links across the business arena.


Walker, F.D., Ferguson, M., Thwaites, S., Approaching Placement Extinction (2009)

Walker, F.D., Bowerman, M., Beyond Placement Extinction, HECSU (2010)

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Research Activities

Research activities include case study into talent management / development for undergraduates.

Teaching Activities


Project management

People management

Operations management

Business studies

Change management