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Rachel Bower

Rachel Bower MA FHEA BA (Hons)

Senior Lecturer in Intercultural Management and Professional Development


I am passionate about enabling our students to reach their full potential as an undergraduate, postgraduate or apprentice. I bring a wealth of professional and academic experience to the teaching of intercultural management, French language and culture and professional development coaching and reflection. My engaging and highly supportive teaching approach enables each student to develop in confidence and demonstrate their unique skills set to realise their ambitions.



Having specialised in French, German, international marketing and international contract law in my first degree, my first career was in international sales and marketing, where I utilised my language skills on a daily basis to secure sales, develop the company brand, and organise the company's presence at overseas exhibitions. I then launched my own languages consultancy business offering bespoke language services to international companies and SMEs, including translation and interpreting.

Having made the transition into education, I have worked in a range of contexts, my most recent role being national lead for the Labour government's National Teaching and Learning Change Programme, which aimed to improve teaching and learning in a range of curriculum areas across the post 16 sector. Our regional and national events enabled language teachers to share best practice, and to develop new skills, including coaching skills to enable their colleagues to continue to improve language teaching and learning in their institution.

I bring a dynamic and enthusiastic teaching style to classroom activities, developing each student's confidence to reach their full potential. I was awarded the Sheffield Business School Teaching Excellence award in 2011, and the Sheffield Business School Faculty Inspirational Teacher Award in 2015. My students regularly nominate me as an inspirational teacher and for providing outstanding student support.

My research areas include autonomous learning and professional skills for linguists, for which I was made a Fellow of the Centre for Excellence in Professional Placement Learning at the University of Plymouth, and the Centre for Promoting Learner Autonomy at Sheffield Hallam University. My current research focusses on the development of intercultural competencies in both specialist and non-specialist linguists, and the development of coaching and professional reflection skills. I bring this knowledge, skills and experience to the teaching of our Specialist Undergraduate French courses, our Postgraduate International Business Management provision and the Coaching and Professional Development of our Senior Leader and Degree Apprentices.

I am the French-speaking researcher in Sheffield Hallam University’s Sport Industry Research Centre’s work for the PGA European Tour, investigating the economic impact of the Ryder Cup in Paris in 2018.

Above all, I am passionate about languages and cultures, intercultural communication and management in an international context, all of which broadens horizons and opportunities for our students.

Senior Lecturer

Teaching expertise

  • Cultural Studies
  • English as a Second Language
  • Intercultural Competence
  • Languages Studies
  • Quality


  • International Business, Economics and Entrepreneurship

Industry Links

  • Developing student projects
  • Partnership development


Department of Management

Sheffield Business School

Languages Studies

Courses taught: 

- MSc International Business Management
 - BA (Hons) International Business with French
 - BA (Hons) Languages with International Business
 - BA (Hons) Languages with TESOL
 - BA (Hons) Languages with Tourism
 - BA (Hons) International Tourism Management with French
 - Senior Leader Apprenticeship
 - Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship
 - Supply Chain Leadership Degree Apprenticeship


Modules taught: 

 - Contemporary International Management Practice
 - MSc International Management Practice Dissertation
 - Contemporary and Professional Studies French
 - Language Research Project
 - University Language Scheme French stage 6, 5 and 2
 - Reflective and Personal Development Practice



International Management Practice, Intercultural competencies, Autonomous learning, Professional skills for Linguists



Conference papers

Bower, R. (2014). Developing learning autonomy through formative audio feedback. Sheffield Hallam University Research Conference, 0.

Case studies

Bower, R. (2010). Developing a student-centred placement preparation framework.Sheffield: Centre for Promoting Learner Autonomy.


Bower, R. (2016). Cultural Studies to Sport Coaching in Spain – Students co-present to share the Development of their Intercultural Employability Skills.

Bower, R. (2016). Self-Perceptions of Development of Students’ Intercultural and Employability Competencies in the Target Language Country – a Comparative Study of Specialist and Non-Specialist Language Learners.

Bower, R. (2015). The perception of 'value' in the 'student experience' in the new HE fee regime: a discourse analysis of non-specialist language learners.

Bower, R. (2015). The perception of 'value' in the 'student experience' in the new HE fee regime: a discourse analysis of non-specialist language learners.

Blackburn, M., Bower, R., & Taylor, C. (2014). Audio Feedback Co Lab Presentation workshop.

Bower, R. (2014). Developing learning autonomy through formative audio feedback.

Bower, R. (2013). Careers for Global Graduates.

Bower, R. (2013). International Work Placements.

Bower, R. (2013). Languages & Entrepreneurship at Sheffield Hallam University.

Bower, R. (2012). Developing the Global Graduate.

Bower, R. (2012). Enhancing students' employability through foreign study and work placements.

Guiney, M., Bower, R., & Lopez-Moreno, C. (2010). Developing a student-centred placement preparation framework.

Bower, R. (2010). Maximising employability skills and enhancing the learner experience through the placement period for undergraduates on placement in French-speaking countries.

Other activities

Co-Chair of Sheffield Complementary Schools Network


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