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Dr Ian King

Senior Lecturer


An experienced educator and facilitator in management and occupational studies, Ian has designed and delivered programmes in both international consulting firms and higher education institutions. His students have included business executives, career advisers, international business students, trainers, teachers and youth support workers. He now teaches and tutors on courses focusing on human resource management and organisational behaviour at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Before transitioning to academia, he was Director/Head of Learning and Development at firms specialising in employee benefit and HR consulting. During this commercial engagement, he directed and managed learning teams responsible for the delivery of personal, professional and technology skills; as a practitioner, he designed and presented a range of career, leadership, managerial development, performance management, personal skills and quality systems programmes. Grounded in his academic and professional experience he values the opportunity to help emerging practitioners embrace their career aspirations and develop their understanding of global business.


  • PgCert in Academic Practice in Higher Education, 2021
  • PhD in Occupational Transition, Canterbury Christ Church University, 2013
  • MA (Distinction) in Career Education, Development and Guidance, Canterbury Christ Church University, 2008
  • MSc (Distinction) in Management Development and Organisational Change, Bristol University, 2006

Professional and Industry Memberships

FHEA, Fellow of Advance HE (formerly Higher Education Academy), 2021

Research and Consultancy

Ian believes that operational effectiveness results from aligning the people and systems dimensions of organisational practice – when in alignment, employee engagement and product/service delivery are optimised. Specific interests include:

  • Career enablement – understanding occupational choice, emergence and transition
  • Organisational learning – embracing team performance through shared learning in organisations

Working with people throughout his occupational trajectory, he values the opportunity to enable business practitioners to embrace their organisational capability, optimise their development opportunities and sustain their occupational emergence, whilst delivering organisational outputs to a quality standard.

Dr Ian King

Teaching Areas

  • Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management
  • Leading in a Changing World
  • Managing a Global Workforce
  • Operational Management
  • Professional Management Practice
The Queen's Award for Enterprise
University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2023