- Position: Lecturer (Teaching & Scholarship)
- Areas of expertise: Organisational behaviour, specifically goal hierarchies and well-being; academic personal tutoring; supporting international students; developing academic literacies; programme design
- Email: N.M.Smith@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 0566
- Location: G.17 Charles Thackrah Building
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 (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 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:
- a new block teaching model to enhance student engagement
- the introduction of gamification (via a simulation game) into teaching
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 https://www.ukat.uk/events/webinars/archive/supporting-international-students-through-personal-tutorials/
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.
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 working 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. Nicola is a co-opted School Governor for a Leeds-based primary school.
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 include goal hierarchies; motivation; self-concordance; well-being; identity.
- PhD (ongoing), University of Leeds
- MA by Research - Business And Economic Studies (Management), University of Leeds
- PGCE, Manchester Metropolitan University
- BSc (Hons), Applied Environmental & Resource Science, University of Salford
- 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)
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