Rebecca Padgett

Rebecca Padgett


I joined the Business School (LUBS) in 2021 and am currently a Senior Teaching Fellow for Employability and Professional Development. I am also working closely with colleagues to develop initiatives to enrich and enhance curriculum in the marketing department.

I have been teaching at undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) level since 2010 across marketing, sports business and events management disciplines. Prior to joining LUBS I was Programme Director for all undergraduate sports business, marketing, tourism, events and hospitality programmes at York Business School.  I also had responsibility launching and implementing school-wide employability initiatives to enhance and enrich curriculum which were award winning before being rolled out across the whole university.  I am passionate about work readiness, employability and students making an impact upon graduation.  

Prior to my experience in Higher Education I am proud of my proven and significant experience in all elements of sport business management and marketing leading and operating at board and ministerial level across the public, private and voluntary sectors.

I have developed and led education programmes, sporting events and businesses on a international, national and local level.  

I have held a number of advisory and consultancy roles including training Lead Volunteers for 2021 FIFA World Cup and working with organisations such as the American Air Force, UK military services, Carnival Plc and Holidaybreak Plc.

Alongside my full time role in LUBS, I am pursuing my Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) at York St John University. My research interests are around employability and work readiness, self-efficacy, curriculum enhancements, authentic assessments and non-linear careers. 


  • Module Leader PG

Research interests

I have a wide range of research interests including:

  • Non linear careers and graduate transfer into employment
  • Student, employer and academic perceptions of education and employability
  • The development of graduate attributes through authentic assessment and curriculum enhancements
  • Leadership and managment develpment 

I have also peer reviewed journal articals for Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Education.

Conference Presentations include: 

  • Padgett, Rebecca (2021) Preparing students to be work ready and to meet their potential- A Case Study of York Business School.  Chartered Association of Business Schools Conference, 29-30 June 2021.

  • Padgett, Rebecca and Webb, Annette, (2021), A case study of cross boundary working, creative assessment strategies and the use of digital technology to enhance the employability of undergraduate students. UCISA, Is the future blended?  The future of work, teaching, learning and the ‘university’ in a post- pandemic world conference.  12-13 May 2021.

  • Padgett, Rebecca and McCulough, Nicola, 2021, How can learning and teaching pedagogy in events management education positively develop, belonging, participation, confidence and work readiness?, Association of Event Management Educators Forum, 1-2 July 2021.

  • Padgett, Rebecca (2020) Success Lab, A case study of York Business School in enabling students reach their potential.  Chartered Association of Business Schools Conference.  28-30 June 2020.

  • Marsh Davis, Katy and Padgett, Rebecca (2019) The Success Lab, Innovation in Employability Development.  In British Academy of Management Conference, 19 June 2019, York St John University. 



  • MA Sports Business
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Certified Management & Business Educator (CMBE)

Professional memberships

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Fellow Chartered Management Institute (FCMI)
  • Fellow Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (FCIMPSA)
  • Fellow Institute of Leadership and Management (FInstLM)

Student education

Teaching at postgraduate level in the marketing department at Leeds Unversity Business School.