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About Sandra Hopkins

Background

Following a career in local government, consultancy and industry, concerned with strategic planning and corporate management in relation to transport, I have developed a broad range of management knowledge and skills, underpinned by a similar breadth of higher and professional educational attainment. Entered higher education as a work based learning tutor in 2004.

Roles and Responsibilities

Programme Leader, Foundation Degree in Government

Member, Organisational Audit sub committee.

Memberships

  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (Past Chairman Merseyside Section, Chester & North Wales Group; member, National Council, 1984-7)
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Member, Chartered Management Institute
  • Member, Association of MBAs

Other Expertise

Business Planning practice, Public Services Management, Transport Planning

Current Work

Review of Knowledge Management Strategy approaches for public services

Esteem Indicators

Invited to assist update of Business Plan for Flintshire Neighbourhood Watch (2009) following preparation of original plan (2003-04)

Preparation of Business Plan for Cruse North Wales and subsequent support, 2003-08.

Presentation on Foundation Degree in Government to Scholarship of Learning and Teaching conference, 2008.

Invited to join new Cheshire Committee and represent group at national strategy meeting, 2007.

Presentation on Foundation Degree in Government to University of Sunderland / FDF events, 2006.

Teaching

Undergraduate

Foundation Degree in Government: personal academic tutor and topic tutor.

General WBIS students: specific modules and personal academic tutor.

Topics (delivered to above): Services & Stakeholders, Delivering Results, Resource Management, Project & Programme Management, Analysis & Use of Evidence, Information & Knowledge Management, Business Strategy & Planning, Creativity and Problem Solving

Work Based Learning tutor (WB5001)

Research

Knowledge Management, Stakeholder Relationships, Business Planning, Work Based Learning

Future Research

Business Planning techniques for public services

Published Work

2008 "Who are our stakeholders?" Logistics & Transport Focus

2002 "Can we improve our business knowledge?" Logistics and Transport Focus

1996 "Local Judgement in a deregulated environment". Global Transport

1995 "Helping the Stranger in Paradise!": paper to IBC international conference: Transport Telematics, Tolling and Information Systems, London

1992 "Passenger information in a deregulated environment": Paper to PTRC course on Design of Passenger Information Systems: (3 versions presented). Also presented to Department of Transport ministerial advisory subgroup on passenger information, 1993.

Qualifications

  • MA in Education (Merit) (specialisms – curriculum development, work based learning, educational leadership)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching - University of Derby
  • Postgraduate Diploma in European Business Administration (Spanish) - LCCI
  • Postgraduate Diploma in European Business Administration (German) - LCCI
  • BA (Double Honours) – German and Spanish - University of Manchester
  • PRINCE2 Practitioner - APM
  • Studying for Doctor of Professional Studies in International Higher Education