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About Dr Lisa Rowe

With 11 years' management experience in UK Retail Banking within the Lloyds Group and over 20 years in HE, Lisa's most recent responsibilities include the design, development and ongoing management of two of the first degree apprenticeship programmes in the UK, the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship and the Senior Leaders Master's Degree Apprenticeship. She has won two awards for employer engagement and business collaboration at Educate North for design and delivery of apprenticeships in partnership with employers.

Lisa is currently focused upon programme growth, working in partnership with business leaders, professional institutes, other universities, colleges, providers, agencies and faculties to ensure the collaborative design and development of a comprehensive and accredited portfolio of degree level apprenticeships, to meet the needs of a wide range of organisations across a number of sectors. 

Lisa manages the ILM Centre and the Cheshire Professional Institute Network for the University. She sits on the Chester Growth Partnership Inward Investment Board, Cheshire West Skills Strategy Board and is a judge for the Cheshire Business Awards and the Cheshire High Sheriff’s Apprenticeship Award. She is a member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools’ Degree Apprenticeship Working Group and is an Apprenticeships’ Ambassador for the North West region.


Lisa is an external adviser for Leeds University Business School, Solent University, Birkbeck University of London, Teeside, University, University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), UCLan Burnley College & University of Huddersfield. She is an External Examiner for the Open University and a regular peer reviewer for the Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning Journal and the Journal of Work-Applied Management.




Educate North (2019) Business Collaboration & Partnerships Award for the Senior Leaders Master’s Degree Apprenticeship.  

Times Higher Education Shortlist (2019) Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development Award for the Senior Leaders Master’s Degree Apprenticeship.  

Universities Association for Lifelong Learning Runner up (2019) Lifelong Learning and Innovation Award for the Chartered Manager and Senior Leaders Master’s Degree Apprenticeship.

University of Chester (2018) Learning & Teaching Excellence Team Award for the Chartered Manager & Senior Leaders Master’s Degree Apprenticeships.

Educate North (2017) Employer Engagement Award for the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship.



  • Work-Based Learning Programme (Level 5)
  • Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (Level 4-6)
  • Senior Leaders Master's Degree Apprenticeship (Level 7)
  • Work Based and Integrative Studies (Level 7)
  • Marketing (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

Rowe, L., Moore, N. & McKie, P. (in press). The reflective practitioner: The challenges of reflective practice for public sector degree apprentices. Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning.


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


Harrison, A., Hughes, C., Rowe, L.., & Saieva, G. (in press). Are we nearly there yet? The journey of Higher and Degree Apprenticeships. In D. Morley (Ed.). Applied Pedagogies in Higher Education, Real World Learning and Innovation across the Curriculum (pp. tbc). 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

·       Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

·       Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM)