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:
  • MSc Management programme director since 2016
  • Co-Lead of the Enhancing Management Learning (EML) Subject Group; a group of 13 teaching and scholarship focused academic staff
  • Invited member of the University-wide Academic Literacies Strategy Working Group
  • Invited 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 the UKAT Taught Postgraduate Student Special Interest Group (and invited speaker for Feb 2021 meeting)
Previous Roles & Responsibilities:
  • Management Division 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:
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, ultimately working in a communications role on a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded project that used fast track plant breeding to tackle malaria, which involved field work in East Africa. She them moved to work on a large EPSRC-funded, cross-institutional project developing the public engagement and communication skills of doctoral students working in renewable energy research. Following this, in 2014, she moved to LUBS as the Professional Development Tutor for the Management Division, moving from this role to take on Programme Leadership of MSc Management in 2016. 
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



  • MSc Management Programme Director
  • Enhancing Management Learning Group, Management Division - Co-Lead

Research interests

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


  • PhD (ongoing), University of Leeds
  • MA by Research, University of Leeds
  • PGCE, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • BSc (Hons), Applied Environmental & Resource Science, University of Salford
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academic (FHEA)

Professional memberships

  • AoM (Academy of Management)
  • MOBTS (Management & Organizational Behaviour Teaching Society)
  • UKAT (UK Advisors and Tutors)

Student education

Nicola is module leader for Management in Practice (a PG-level professional practice module) and the MSc Management dissertation module. She also lectures on the PG-level module Research Design & Analysis. 
Nicola supervises PG Dissertations, particularly those focused on Organisational Behaviour topics using quantitative methods. 
Nicola has previously worked on the UG modules Organisational Behaviour and Leadership in Organisations

Research groups and institutes

  • Workplace Behaviour Research Centre