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Michael Summersall

Senior Lecturer, Course Leader
School of Business
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Michael is an experienced academic with an extensive background in the Retail industry and knowledge across a range of sectors including Fashion and Grocery. Industry experience with a range of retailers at shopfloor and head office level to support with bringing practical and real-world examples into the classroom setting. Close links with a range of external organisations through consultancy, knowledge transfer and student-led projects.

Michael is currently the course leader for the BA (Hons) Business and Management Undergraduate program, the largest in the School of Business. He is currently researching the attainment gap within undergraduate students and has a passion for Technology Enabled learning.

Michael joined the University in 2015 after a long career in a variety of different Retail organisations, including his final position within Marks and Spencer. The variety of both roles and retailers enabled him to gain a detailed understanding of the operations of various business settings as well as the challenges and complexities of working within an ever-changing environment and this industry-led knowledge has supported with students gaining a practical understanding of the business environment that can be linked to supporting theory and models. Michael is a firm believer in giving the students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and uses a number of external contacts to support with the development of practical assessment designed at giving student access to live projects in real organisations. Michael is currently the course leader for the Business and Management program as well as being an academic advisor and member of a number of student focused working groups across the University. His current research is focused around the attainment gap amongst students and is also looking at some of the anxieties that students can experience when using Technology for the first time in a Higher Education setting.

  • BA Retail Management with Marketing, University of Central Lancashire, 2002
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, HEA, 2017
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, HEA, 2019
  • Educate North Awards, Finalist, 2018
  • Educate North Awards, Winner, 2019
  • Retail
  • Business
  • Management
  • Student Attainment
  • Technology Enabled Learning
  • Student Identity
  • Inclusion and Diversity
  • Higher Education Academy
  • British Academy of Management