The Business, Management, Accountancy and Finance Network is based at Oxford Brookes University Business School.
As of 31st July 2011 the Business, Management, Accountancy and Finance Subject Centre will cease to exist in its current form, with future subject-level support to be provided from the Higher Education Academy via Discipline Leads.
As a result of the restucturing many BMAF staff have been made reduntant, but their details are retained here in consideration for their years of work for the subject centre.
Director - Clive Robertson
Tel: 01865 482742
Clive has enjoyed a long and successful career in higher education, and enjoys an excellent reputation as an academic leader and innovator. He was formerly Head of Student Learning Experience at Oxford Brookes University and prior to that Head of the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management. He has been Director of the Hospitality, Leisure Sport and Tourism Network of the Higher Education Academy since its inception in 2000 and has been Director of the Business, Management, Accountancy and Finance Network since 2008. Earlier, he served as Dean and as Head of Quality Assurance in the university's Business Faculty, both roles involving extensive experience of validation and review of business programmes at home and abroad.
He has been an active contributor to a range of developments in higher education, particularly credit accumulation and transfer and work-based learning and its accreditation. He represented Brookes on the Executive Board of Progress South Central, the Lifelong Learning Network for Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Surrey, and is a member of the Board of the Open College Network South East Region and a Trustee of the Learning from Experience Trust. He was a member of HEFCE's FDTL5 panel, and has contributed to the work of QAA in its review of the Code of Practice and development of Subject Benchmarks. He has extensive experience as an external examiner and external advisor at home and abroad. He is a former chair of the UK Council for Hospitality Management Education and was founding chair of its Industrial Tutors Group (now called PATH) and of its Learning, Teaching and Assessment Group.
Clive's work has involved establishing effective working relations with employers and industry bodies in promoting the industry/education nexus. He has also undertaken a range of research and consultancy contracts for industry which reflect his academic background in food science.
Assistant Director (2005-11) - Steve Probert
Steve joined BMAF as Assistant Director in November 2005. Previously, he was Senior Lecturer in Systems at Cranfield University. He has also lectured in Information Management at the Universities of London (Birkbeck), West of England (Bristol) and Northumbria, as well as acting as a consultant to a number of UK companies, particularly in costing and payment systems.
Recently, he has worked with the JISC on a range of e-learning projects within Higher Education, including the recent "Exploring the Tangible Benefits of E-learning" project.
After 31st July 2011, Steve will undertake a project to explore contextual influences on NSS scores.
Associate Director (2008-11) - Brenda Eade
Brenda joined BMAF as Associate Director in October 2008. She is an Education Consultant with 21 years experience of working in the HE sector, which includes holding the position of Associate Dean of Ashcroft International Business School at Anglia Ruskin University.
After July 2011 Brenda Eade will be undertaking a critical review of student engagement in Business Education.
Subject Centre Manager - Paul Radford
Tel: 01865 484561
Paul joined BMAF in January 2007 as Subject Centre Manager, and has overall responsibility for co-ordinating and managing the administrative functions of both the BMAF and HLST Networks. His previous experience includes 5 years working for Southampton Solent University in resource and information management positions; prior to that he spent time in the retail sector, both in customer services management and retail store management (including a period as branch manager for the Forbidden Planet sci-fi/comics chain).
He successfully completed an MBA in 2006 (studied part-time at Southampton Solent University), for which his dissertation assessed the extent to which a link exists between business size and approach to strategic planning, using the UK popular music industry as a case study. Paul's undergraduate studies were carried out at the University of Southampton (1993-1996) and Bournemouth University (1990-1992).
Assistant Director (2006-11) - Richard Atfield
Richard joined the BMAF Network in October 2006. His work areas included: support and continuing development of academic and support staff; internationalisation; employability and enterprise; learning networks including key contacts, special interest groups; annual conference and workshops; engaging with students including the student essay competition, and is the BMAF contact for Scotland.
Richard was the first editor of the BMAF Magazine and, in 2008, with Patsy Kemp of the HLST Network, co-edited a joint Subject Centre case study publication, "Enhancing the international learning experience in business and management hospitality leisure sport tourism" (link). Richard has more recently co-edited "Enhancing learning through assessment" with Patsy Kemp and Richard Tong of UWIC, published in July 2010, and a further publication identifying approaches to "Enhancing Graduate Impact" in business education was published Summer 2011.
He is a member of the Higher Education Academy Supporting Academic Staff Facilitation Group, the Reference Group on Academic Staff Development, and the UKCISA/PMI2/HEA Teaching International Students project.
Richard travels to Australia to visit family and while there has been developing links with business educators in universities and with the Australian Learning and Teaching Council. In 2008 he was invited to attend the launch of the ALTC Business, Management and Economics Learning Network. He is also on the Reference group of several ALTC projects, e.g. business graduate attributes.
Richard was previously senior lecturer in healthcare management at Oxford Brookes, teaching modules in both Oxford and Hong Kong. This followed 30+ years of acute hospital experience in service, operational, general management and workforce development roles in the NHS. To keep his teaching experience current Richard remained Module Leader for the MSc module ‘Managing Finance in health & social care organisations' in Hong Kong and visiting lecturer on modules in the UK.
In September Richard Atfield will become the Higher Education Academy's Discipline Lead for Business and Management. Richard can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Publications Officer - Sam French
Tel: 01865 485809
Sam joined BMAF in early 2006 to undertake responsibility for our publications, in particular IJME (The International Journal of Management Education) and subsequently (in collaboration with Richard Atfield) BMAF Magazine. She has similar responsibilities for HLST publications.
Sam's previous work experience includes a number of administrative positions in FE and the Health Service.
Information Systems Officer - William Ross
Tel: 01865 482744
William started work as Web Development Assistant for both the BMAF and HLST Subject Centres in November 2008 and became Information Systems Officer in January 2011. Previously William studied English and History at the University of East Anglia and worked as a Senior/Children's Bookseller for Waterstone's bookshop. He completed a Certificate in Web Applications Development at the Open University in 2010.
Legal and Finance Co-ordinator (until 2011) - Dorota Maton-Mosurska
Dorota co-ordinateed all of the financial and legal paperwork and procedures for both the HLST and BMAF Networks. She was responsible for the administrative management of numerous projects funded by both Networks, and liaised closely with departmental teams within Oxford Brookes with regards to preparation and administration of all legal and financial documentation. Dorota's previous work experience includes a number of positions in Higher Education Administration.
Academic Developer (2010-11) - Christine Cuthbertson
Christine has worked as a lecturer and researcher at the universities of East London, Bournemouth, Cranfield and Oxford, with visiting posts at Southampton, Bedfordshire and Reading. In a career spanning 25 years, Christine has undertaken many of the roles associated with the everyday life of the academic community such as course and module development and delivery, course and year leadership, admissions, placements, projects and dissertations, research bids, mentoring and pastoral care. She is well-published including books, chapters, articles and conference presentations on the management of information systems and management education.
Her personal approach to lifelong learning has meant that Christine has been a part of the learning experience at the Universities of Glyndwr, East London, Southampton, Reading and Oxford. She is currently reading for a part-time DPhil in the Education Department at the University of Oxford, collecting and analysing academic life histories in departments of business and management throughout the UK.
Christine’s background in both teaching and learning provides an exceptionally broad view of the changing landscape of UK higher education in business and management education during a period of expansion. In her role as Academic Developer for the Business, Management, Accounting and Finance network Christine strengthened the resources available to our community, particularly online, and ensured that we can all benefit from the insight of our fellowship of those identified as exceptional teachers in business, management, accounting and finance.
Subject Centre Administrator (2010-11) - Stacey Neal
Stacey Neal joined BMAF in December 2010 as the Subject Administrator for the HLST and BMAF Subject Centres to support both centres with various administrative duties.
Stacey has previous administration and customer focused experience in various positions in the Construction and Social housing industry and she also previously worked for Oxford Brookes University, as Administrator for Student Liaison. She has developed strong customer and colleague relationships in the various industries she has worked in over the years.