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Dr Olivia Ramsbottom PhD SFHEA MSc BA (Hons)

Senior Lecturer - Strategic Management


I am a senior lecturer with expertise in project and strategic management.  This is based on additional experience as a trainer and consultant, and 16 years of experience working as a manager. This professional experience is supported by high level qualifications including most recently a PhD and previously an MSc and teaching qualifications.

Currently I am concentrating on developing teaching and learning tools for professionals, supporting my belief in the contextualisation and application of theories and models as essential for embedding knowledge. I am also developing a strategic thinking book to reflect recent, exciting developments in the field of strategic management.


I am currently a Module Tutor and Supervisor on a range of project and strategic management modules at Sheffield Hallam University.

I was previously at the University of Derby, where I was Programme Leader and Module Leader for a range of business management degrees and modules, again with the specialism in project and strategic management.

I enjoy supervising research at all levels, from undergraduate to doctoral level and I am a trainer for small businesses and have taught on business training programmes such as Help 2 Grow.

Prior to becoming a lecturer, I worked at a variety of private and public sector organisations as a manager.  I worked at the York Multimedia Network at the birth of the internet when businesses were figuring out what benefits it held for them! Since then I've worked at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Medical Research Council, as well as in a management role at the University of Derby. This professional experience supports my interest in the contextualisation and application of theories and models, and the adaptation of those for different environments.


Department of Management

College of Business, Technology and Engineering

Subject area

Strategic Management and Enterprise

Modules taught

I am currently Module Tutor on:

Work Based Projects for Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeships
Work Based Investigations for Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeships
Implementing Strategy and Change

and Undergraduate Supervisor for:

Work Based Projects for Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeships
Work Based Investigations for Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeships



Blog article -

Antchak, V, and Ramsbottom, O. (2020) The Fundamentals of Event Design.Oxon: Routledge.

Anthonisz, A., Heap, T. and Ramsbottom, O. (2017) Developing an Effective Human Resource Strategy in the Spa Industry, in Rawlinson, S. & Heap, T. (eds) International Spa Management,  London: Goodfellow Publishers

Ramsbottom, O., Michopoulou, E. and Azara, I. (2017) Editorial of the special issue on ‘Making Sense of Events Experiences’ in Events Management an International Journal.


Higher and Degree Apprenticeships Conference, December 2022. Conference Paper.

UVAC (University Vocational Awards Council) Conference, November 2022. Conference Paper.

Learning and Teaching Conference, July 2022. Conference Paper.

THE INC Conference, June 2018. Conference Paper.

AEME (Association for Event Management Education), AEME Conference, 15th July 2016. Conference Paper.

University of Derby, PGR Conferences, 9th January 2014, 27th April 2016 and 2nd May 2019. Conference Papers.

Research and Writing

- I am working with colleagues to build a collaborative research group across multiple universities to carry out research into a new academic teaching model for HDAs (Higher and Degree Apprenticeship), informing teaching and learning and impacting on workplaces.

- I am building a team of academics to write a contemporary, useful, and popular book on strategic thinking to be used in current and future-focused teaching.

Postgraduate supervision

I am currently Postgraduate Supervisor for:

MBA Dissertations

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