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About Dr Lisa Rowe

Lisa is currently the programme leader for the DBA and DProf and supervises students on both pathways as well as the MBA. She is also the link tutor for the PgCert Coaching Supervision and PgCert Coaching Practice. She is experienced in the development and provision of accredited executive education, work-based postgraduate programmes and partnerships, leading the design, development and growth of a range of academic enterprise including executive, work based and lifelong learning education, recognition of prior learning and dual accreditation of programmes to meet the varied and complex needs of individuals and their organisations across a range of sectors.

Lisa's research interests recognise the requirement for rapidly changing HE programmes to meet the needs of the contemporary workplace and include work integrated and vocational education, co-created and employer led curricula, agile leadership, widening participation, resilience and lifelong learning. Currently, her supervisory research themes include: thriving at work in hybrid contexts, organisational resilience, uncertainty and macro level government policies; organisational ambidexterity in UK training organisations; coaching for well-being and engagement in contemporary corporate work environments; the transference of skills from leisure to the workplace through informal experiential learning and international student well-being.  

Lisa has acted as external adviser for a number of apprenticeship programmes at: University of Hertfordshire, Aston University, Solent University, Leeds Business School, Birkbeck University of London, Teeside University, University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), University of Huddersfield, Staffordshire University, Anglia Ruskin University and Portsmouth University. She is an External Examiner for the Open University and regularly reviews submissions to the Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning Journal. She is currently guest editing a Special Issue for the Journal of Work-Applied Management.

She is a judge for the Cheshire Business Awards and the Cheshire High Sheriff’s Awards, a member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools’ Degree Apprenticeship Working Group and the British Academy of Management.


Outstanding Reviewer Literati Awards (2020) Emerald Publishing Higher Education SWBL

Educate North (2019) Business Collaboration & Partnerships Award  

Times Higher Education Shortlist (2019) Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development Award

Universities Association for Lifelong Learning Runner up (2019) Lifelong Learning and Innovation Award 

University of Chester (2018) Learning & Teaching Excellence Team Award 

Educate North (2017) Employer Engagement Award 



  • Research Supervision (L7 & L8 - Phd/DProf/DBA/MBA)
  • Enterprise and Innovation (L7)
  • Marketing across Boundaries (Level 7)
  • Organisational Environment (Level 4 & 7)


Lisa's academic research interests focus upon flexible learning and skills development, work-based and vocational curriculum development, evidence-based models of professional competence, higher and degree apprenticeships and resilience behaviours, resources and risks for students and part time learners.

Published Work

Moore, N., Rowe, L., Stokes, P., Lichy, J., Rodgers, P., & Smith, S.M. (2022). Exploring intergenerational tensions and technological resilience: A post-pandemic perspective. Production Planning & Control.

Rowe, L., & Brook, C. (2022). Exploring the impact of agility and learning in organisations. Journal of Work-Applied Management, 14(2) pp. 1-4.

Quew-Jones, R., & Rowe, L. (2022). Enhancing the degree apprenticeship curriculum through work-based manager and mentor intervention. Journal of Work-Applied Management, 14(2), pp.

Rowe, L. (2021, February). What are the implications for executive education of the impending changes to the SLMDA?, presented at the Chartered Association of Business Schools Fourth Directors of Executive Education Meeting, United Kingdom.

Rowe, L., Moore, N., & McKie, P. (2020). The reflective practitioner: the challenges of supporting public sector senior leaders as they engage in reflective practice. Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, 10(5), 783-798.

Perrin, D., Meakin, D., & Rowe, L. (2020). Planning and negotiating your learning journey. In. R.Helyer, T. Wall & A. Minton (Eds.). The Work-Based Learning Student Handbook 3rd Ed. (pp. 45-65). Palgrave Macmillan: London, UK.

Hughes, C., Saieva, G., Rowe, L., & Harrison, A., (2020). Are we nearly there yet? The journey of Higher and Degree Apprenticeships. In D.A Morley & M.G. Jamil (Eds.). Applied Pedagogies in Higher Education, Real World Learning and Innovation across the Curriculum (pp. 243-266). Palgrave Macmillan: London, UK.

Rowe (2020). Future proofing the degree apprenticeship workforce – an exploratory study of resilience behaviours, resources and risks. (DBA Thesis), University of Chester.

Rowe, L. (2019). Educating for the modern world: a report review. Journal of Work-Applied Management, 11(1).

Rowe, L., Wall, T., Cregan, K., Evans, V. & Hindley, A. (2019). Pedagogies for resilience in business schools: Exploring strategies and tactics. In Research in Management Learning and Education (RMLE) Unconference Proceedings (p. 52). Dubrovnik, Croatia: Research in Management Learning and Education (RMLE).

Cregan, K., Rowe, L., Wall, T, (2019). Resilience training and education. Encyclopedia of the U.N. Sustainable Development. Goals, Good Health and Well-Being.

Talbot, J., Rowe, L., & Meakin, R. (2018). The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship at the University of Chester: Some early experiences from employers, students and tutors. UALL conference paper, Downing College, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Rowe, L. (2018). Managing degree apprenticeships through a work-based learning framework - opportunities and challenges. In Morley, D. (Ed.), Enhancing employability in higher education through work based learning (pp. 51-69). Palgrave Macmillan: London, UK.

Rowe, L., Moss, D., & Moore, N. (2018). Effective management of the tripartite relationship of educational providers, participants and employers in work based learning. In Morley, D. (Ed.), Enhancing employability in higher education through work based learning (pp. 13-31). Palgrave Macmillan: London, UK.

Rowe, L. (2018, June). Degree apprenticeship assessment, presented at the Chartered Association of Business Schools Degree Apprenticeship Training Workshop, Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Rowe, L. (2017, November). Apprenticeships: New opportunities for business schools, presented at the Chartered Association of Business Schools Annual Conference, Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Scott, D., & Rowe, L. (2017). Negotiated Learning. International Compendium of Adult and Continuing Education (ICACE), (1)B, 123.

Rowe, L., Moore, N., Perrin, D. (2017). The challenges of managing degree apprentices in the workplace: a manager’s perspective. Journal of Work-Applied Management, 9(2), 185-199.

Rowe, L., Perrin, D., & Wall, T. (2016) The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship: trials and tribulations. Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, 6(4), 357 - 369.

Moss, D., & Rowe, L. (2015) Mastering Postgraduate Study for the 21st Century: Tripartite Perspectives and Benefits, presented at the Chartered Association of Business Schools Learning, Teaching & Student Experience Conference, April 2015.




Professional Body Membership

·       British Academy of Management

·       Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

·       Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM)