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Professor Kate Black


Department: Newcastle Business School

Kate is a Professor of Management Learning and Education.

Following an early career as a Marine Ecologist at a Field Centre in rural Pembrokeshire, Kate moved into HR management (Recruitment and Development) within retail management.  Her key role was to implement the recruitment and development strategy during a period when the branch was under considerable strain both locally in terms of staffing availability, and as a result of changing sales strategies.

Kate joined NBS in Summer 2014 following 10 years at the University of Chester, latterly within Chester Business School.  She currently holds the role of Director of Education within the Business School

Kate is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA), a Certified Management and Business Educator (CMBE) and a member of the CIPD (AMCIPD).  She co-Chair of the British Academy of Management (BAM) with responsiblity for Management Knowledge and Education (MKE).  She also co-leads BAM’s Education-focused Professor programme.  Kate has also been Chair of BAM's Identity SIG since 2018

Kate completed her PhD part-time at Lancaster University in August 2013.  Her research examined the learning of professionals working within multi-agency teams within a local authority Children’s Services department.

Kate’s research interests lie in examining informal, workplace learning, as a process of ‘being’ and ‘becoming’ (identity) for professionals in the contemporary knowledge economy.  Kate is currently working on a funded research project examining inter-generational learning and knowledge exchange within the knowledge economy.

Her research adopts a largely qualitative approach to data generation with particular emphasis upon visual methods such as photo-elicitation, artefactual conversations and the use of participant-generated pictors.

Kate’s pedagogic research examines such areas as student attendance and engagement and students-as-partners.  She has worked to maintain the relevance of the research methods and dissertation elements of management education in the light of the changing demographic of management students in UK universities.  This has informed one of her projects that examined the role of the undergraduate Business/Management dissertation in developing skills and capabilities for employment.

Kate is a keen road runner, distance trail runner and mountain/hill walker.


Kate Black

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  • A Shout‐out for the Value of Management Education Research: ‘Pedagogy is not a Dirty Word’, Mason, K., Anderson, L., Black, K., Roberts, A. 1 Apr 2024, In: British Journal of Management
  • Learning to manage as learning to fail: the lessons of running, Black, K., Warhurst, R. 11 Feb 2023, In: Management Learning
  • New academics’ experiences of induction to teaching: using Cultural Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) to understand and improve induction experiences, Mathieson, S., Black, K., Allin, L., Hooper, H., Penlington, R., McInnes, L., Orme, L., Anderson, E. 5 Jun 2023, In: International Journal for Academic Development
  • Higher education under threat: China, Malaysia, and the UK respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ma, G., Black, K., Blenkinsopp, J., Charlton, H., Hookham, C., Pok, W., Sia, B., Alkarabsheh, O. 4 Jul 2022, In: Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education
  • Lost and found: parkrun, work and identity, Warhurst, R., Black, K. 4 May 2022, In: Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health
  • Conclusion: The future for OS and HR educational excellence, Warhurst, R., Black, K. 11 Nov 2021, Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management, London, Taylor & Francis
  • Culture shock and the gendered teaching experiences of new academics., Hooper, H., Mathieson, S., Black, K., Allin, L., Orme, L., Anderson, E., Penlington, R., McInnes, L. 7 Dec 2021, Society for Research into Higher Education: Annual International Research Conference 2021
  • Introduction: Professionalising education in Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management, Warhurst, R., Black, K. 11 Nov 2021, Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management, London, Taylor & Francis
  • Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management: An Educator's Handbook, Black, K., Warhurst, R. 11 Nov 2021
  • Authentic learning with large student groups, Black, K. 4 Dec 2019

  • Meadbh Ruane A story of participants’ learning experiences: Illuminating the complexity and multi-dimensional process of learning on a postgraduate executive action learning programme Start Date: 19/06/2018 End Date: 07/11/2018
  • Helen Tracey Unemployment as Social Death: The Lived Experience of Long-term Unemployed Men from an Embodied Perspective Start Date: 01/10/2016 End Date: 16/12/2021
  • Paul Trueman Start Date: 01/10/2018 End Date: 30/10/2019

  • Education PhD August 01 2013
  • Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy PFHEA 2019
  • Certified Management and Business Educator CMBE 2019
  • Senior Fellow (SFHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2017
  • Member Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) 2012
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2011

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