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Dr Gillian Bishop
Senior Lecturer in Management



Gillian is a Senior Lecturer in Management. Gill is Module Leader for the Skills for Management and Professional Programmes and former Director for PGT. She is keen to see academic skills, professional skills and employability embedded into postgraduate teaching and is currently Skills Lead for Semesterisation. Prior to joining the School for Business and Society in October 2018 Gillian worked as Head of Postgraduate Programmes at York St John University where she led the revalidation of York Business Schools Masters programmes, introducing professional body accreditation into the new MBA and MSc suite. With a commitment to support international students, Gillian embedded academic skills support into the postgraduate business management suite. Gillian has also worked as Senior Lecturer at Huddersfield University managing the full time MBA programme and teaching on a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate business management modules. She has recently undertaken work for the Department for the Environment, Food and Farming, preparing strategies for stakeholder engagement in preparation for EU Exit.

Gillian has edited two international textbooks supporting undergraduate and postgraduate students in ‘Organisational Behaviour, Management and the Sociology of Work’ and ‘Managing People, Self and the Organisation’. Gillian’s research interests are in learning pedagogy and processes supporting international students to learn and reflective practice for managers, these research interests build on her doctoral study into how international MBA students learn to reflect. Gillian is a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Chartered Manager and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE). 

Subject Group

Work Management and Organisation



Gillian’s research interests are in the field of reflective practice, specifically how critically reflexive practices supports management development. She is interested in theories and practice around critical pedagogy and supporting international students develop critical thinking and critical writing skills. Gillian believes in the value of dialogue and storytelling as a way of developing the deeper and more critical levels of reflection and learning.

Research areas

Gillian’s book chapter on reflective practice explores tools and frameworks for supporting managers to reflect on practice. This builds on her PhD thesis exploring how dialogical conversations and storytelling helps students learn to reflect.  Working across discipline Gill has engaged in a series of online dialogical conversations with a colleague from the School of Education at York St John University, they are currently preparing a paper on the results of their dialogues.

Gillian is interested in qualitative research methods, particularly the use of auto-ethnography as a way of learning about self in the context of others’ learning journeys.  Gillian has supervised undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations


Full publications list

Books, Research and Conferences 

Bishop, G., Hemmings, M and Johnston, A. (2022). Jazzing up the classroom: Reflections on developing a critical pedagogy in M level teaching. International Journal of Management Education. Vol.20 Issue 2
2021 British Academy of Management Teaching and Learning (MKE) Conference 23 June 2021 Building a Mandala of Pedagogy and Praxis Bishop, G. Neal-Smith, J and Townley B
2021 British Academy of Management teaching and Learning (MKE) Conference 23 June 2021 Academic and Professional Skill Development in University Management Education: Learning to Make a Difference Bishop, G. Jack, V. and Worthington, F. 
Video Interview 2021 Developing Reflective Practice for Manager based on book chapter in Bishop (2017) Developing Reflective Practice for Managers Chapter 21 in Management: Self, People and the Organisation Cengage Learning 

Bishop, G and Johnston, A.L.  (2017) Management: Self, People and the Organisation Cengage Learning

Bishop, G (2017) Developing Reflective Practice for Managers Chapter 21 in Management: Self, People and the Organisation Cengage Learning

Bishop, G. (2017) International learner voices: an exploratory study of the MBA students' journey to reflective practice. Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

2016 European Conference on Education Research Storytelling as Pedagogy for Management Development: a collaborative inquiry Dublin

2015 Futures Research: The Challenges of Business Research Working with a Social Housing Organisation April YSJ

2015 International Educational Conference ‘Values and Virtues’ ‘Storytelling as a Pedagogical Intervention’ June YSJ

2014 Promoting Positive Behaviours confidential research report for Social Housing Organisation, University of Huddersfield

2014 Working Collaboratively to Support International Postgraduate Student Experience National Conference for Association for Learning and Development in HE (ALDHE)

Bishop, G. (2012) Organisational Behaviour, Management and Sociology of Work Custom edition Cengage Learning

Bishop, G. and Yeadon-Lee, A. (2011) Enculturation and Acculturation: An Exploration of International Student Experiences in Western Learning Cultures through Individual Case Study Research in BMAF annual conference 10-12 May 2011 University of Bournemouth

Bishop, G. and Blake, J. (2008) Guide to Reflective Practice: Postgraduate and Post-experience Students University of Huddersfield HEIF Project funded.

Bishop, G (2003) Progression of Adult Community Learners: the picture at Wakefield College Research project funded through Teachers Pay Initiative



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