Nicola Smith


Nicola joined LUBS in 2014. Her work focuses on Taught Postgraduate Students though she teaches and tutors at all levels. She is also carrying out her PhD at the Workplace Behaviour Research Centre alongside her work as Programme Director for MSc Management and Co-Lead of the Enhancing Management Learning Subject Group.
Nicola is interested in students’ personal and professional development and enhancing the experience of students, specifically taught postgraduates. She has a particular interest in academic personal tutoring, supporting international students, and the development of academic literacies. She is also experienced in programme design and the development of new delivery models.
Roles and Responsibilities:
  • Deputy Director of Student Education (Management Department)
  • MSc Management programme director (2016 to present)
  • Co-Lead of the Enhancing Management Learning (EML) Subject Group; a group of 13 teaching and scholarship focused academic staff
  • Member of the University-wide Academic Literacies Strategy Working Group
  • Member of the LUBS Postgraduate Student Working Group
  • LUBS/Law Transformation Programme Flagship Module Leader
  • LITE Transformation Fellow
  • University Student Education Fellow
  • Lead Academic Personal Tutor for MSc Management students
  • Member of the LUBS Strategy Student Education work-stream group
  • Member of LUBS Rankings Committee
  • Member of the UKAT Taught Postgraduate Student Special Interest Group (invited speaker, Feb 2021)
Previous Roles & Responsibilities:
  • Management Department Academic Integrity Representative from 2017 to 2020
  • Overseas recruitment and conversion activity representing LUBS and the wider university (Thailand, China, Taiwan, South Korea & Germany) from 2015 to 2019
  • UG work placement tutor from 2014 to 2020
Nicola has introduced several innovations into the MSc Management programme including:
Selected activity:
Smith, N. & Hill, L. (2021) Supporting International Students through Personal Tutorials. Open University Access Participation & Success Conference. (Invited speaker)
Smith, N. & Viragos, A. (2021) A mismatch between degree & interests; what can we do to help? UK Advising and Tutoring Conference.
Connected Coaches Community of Practice, 2020. Invited speaker on topic of Goals & Motivation to a national group of professional equestrian coaches.
LUBS Pedagogic Research Retreat, 2019 (co-lead with Alice Shepherd and Dr Iwi Ugiagbe-Green)
University of Leeds Teachmeet, 2019. Invited speaker on topic ‘Peer Reviewed Formative Essays’
Hill, L & Smith, N. (2019) Tutoring Matters – Supporting International Students through Personal Tutorials. 12 December. [Online]. Available from
Smith, N. (2018) Off to a flying start; academic skills training for PG students. UK Advising & Tutoring Conference. Derby. 
Hill, L. & Smith, N. (2018) ‘Yes, I am interested in you!’ – Enhancing Chinese Students’ Experience through Personal Tutorials. Chartered ABS Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Annual Conference.  Glasgow.
Smith, N. (2018) Pick 'n' Mix: building multicultural teams to enhance peer support, student wellbeing and employability.  NACADA: The Global Community for  Academic Advising International Conference. Dublin.
Work history:
Following a degree in Environmental and Resource Science and a PGCE qualification, Nicola’s career began at the University of York in 2004 where she developed a variety of projects related to public engagement with research and research impact, ultimately working in a communications role on a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded project that used fast track plant breeding to tackle malaria. She them moved to work on a large EPSRC-funded, cross-institutional project developing the public engagement and communication skills of doctoral students in renewable energy research. Following this, in 2014, she moved to LUBS as the Professional Development Tutor for the Management Division, ultimately moving to an academic role as Programme Director of MSc Management.
2014 to present - Leeds University Business School
2011 to 2014 - University of Leeds & University of Nottingham (EPSRC Energy Doctoral Training Centres and Midlands Energy Graduate School)
2004 to 2011 - University of York


  • Deputy Director of Student Education (Management Department)
  • MSc Management Programme Director
  • Enhancing Management Learning Group, Management Department - Co-Lead

Research interests

Research interests include goal hierarchies; motivation; self-concordance; well-being; identity. 


  • PhD (ongoing), University of Leeds
  • MRes - Business And Economic Studies (Management), University of Leeds
  • PGCE, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • BSc (Hons), Applied Environmental & Resource Science, University of Salford

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Certified Management & Business Educator (CMBE)
  • Academy of Management (AoM)
  • Management & Organizational Behaviour Teaching Society (MOBTS)
  • UK Advisors and Tutors (UKAT)

Student education

Nicola is module leader for Management in Practice (a PG-level professional practice module) and the MSc Management dissertation module. 
Nicola supervises PG Dissertations, particularly those focused on Organisational Behaviour topics using quantitative methods. 

Research groups and institutes

  • Workplace Behaviour Research Centre