Jo Cutter

Jo Cutter



PHD: Getting learning into the bargain:  trade union strategies for bargaining over learning in the workplace, Work and Employment Relations Division, University of Leeds

MA Business and Economic Studies (by research): Gender attachment to the labour market and the impact on skills and training decisions, School of Business and Economic Studies, University of Leeds

BA (Hons) Economics, School of Economic Studies, University of Leeds 


2017- Present: Lecturer in Work and Employment relations , Work and Employment Relations Division, Leeds University Business School
2015-2017: Faculty Research Engagement Manager, Leeds University Business School
2012-2015: Assistant Director, Professional Services Sector Hub, University of Leeds
2004-2012: Owner Director, JMC Research; Principal Consultant, York Consulting Ltd
1994-1995: Director, Positively Women
1994-1996: Research Manager, North Yorkshire Training and Enterprise Council and Business Education Partnership        
1992-1994: Senior Policy Analyst, Policy Research Unit, Leeds Business School, Leeds Metropolitan University
1991-1993: Post-Graduate Teaching Assistant, Leeds Business School, Leeds Polytechnic/Metropolitan University
1991-1991: Research Assistant, Analytica Social & Economic Research
1989-1990: Post-Graduate Teaching Assistant, School of Economics, University of Leeds
1988-1989: A-Level Economics Tutor

Research Grants

Practice to profession: a framework for the development of professional associations, American Society of Association Executives Foundation, 10,219, March 2015, with Ian Kirkpatrick (PI), Sundeep Aulakh and Daniel Muzio

Evaluation of the Union Learning Fund rounds 15-16 and support role of unionlearn TUC Unionlearn, 127,622, Jan 2015, with Mark Stuart (PI) and Hugh Cook on collaboration with the University of Essex
Building capacity and reflexive learning for urban co-production, RCUK-N8, (15,000), December 2014, with Paul Chatterton (PI) and Gary Dymski

The impact of the Essential Skills in Wales programme: counterfactual evaluation, Welsh Assembly Government, (LUBS 11,000), Dec 2013, in collaboration with York Consulting with Chris Forde (PI) and Ioulia Bessa

Sustaining union-led learning, TUC Unionlearn/BIS. 80,000, Nov 2012, with Mark Stuart (PI).
ESRC-SAMS-UKCES Management and Business Fellowship Scheme 95,000, August 2012 with Ian Kirkpatrick (PI)

Evaluation of unionlearn and the Union Learning Fund, Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), in collaboration with Institute for Employment Studies, 110,000. Dec 2011, with Mark Stuart (PI) and Hugh Cook.

Evaluation of unionlearn and the Union Learning Fund, TUC Unionlearn/DIUS, April 2009, 148,000, with Mark Stuart (PI) and Johnathan Winterton

Encouraging workplace dialogue over training and skills: case studies Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform for CBI/TUC/DIUS/BERR Joint Working Group on Training and Skills, Sept 2007, 12,500, Mark Stuart (PI), and Chris Forde.


Management Consulting: Facts, Theories and Issues
Research Methods and Practice for Management Consultants
Executive MBA
MA HRM dissertations


Contemporary Management Consulting
Economic Institutions - Labour
Gender and the Labour Market
Introduction to Economics
International Economic History (1870-1945)

Trade unions, collective bargaining, skills, training, professional work


  • Programme Director MSc Management Consulting