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Post Nominals CFCIPD, FHEA, BSc
Biography James began his career graduating from Royal Holloway, a college of the University of London, with a 2:1 (hons) degree in geology and followed this up by working in the oil industry as a Technical Assistant. He left to pursue a Phd in volcanology but soon discovered jobs for UK based volcano scientists were pretty limited so changed career path.

James spent a few years in IT based recruitment in the private sector whilst he gained his CIPD qualification and then moved into the NHS where he spent an informative few years working on recruitment initially but eventually broadening out into a more general HR role that encompassed Agenda for Change.

Relocating to Scotland, James worked for a number of years at a local authority in various HR roles, encompassing generalist HR work and latterly focusing on strategic projects. Having maintained his academic interest throughout his practical career, James eventually moved into lecturing, gaining a position at RGU within the HRM team.
Research Interests HRM – employee engagement, the role of HR Business Partners, Strategic Leadership, Strategic HRM – its relevance, purpose and outputs.

James is currently undertaking a PhD (2017-2022) looking at employee engagement (EE) in the third sector. Supervised by Prof Heather Fulford and Dr Moira Nikodem
Teaching and Learning James is responsible for, or teaches on, a variety of modules at both post and undergraduate level. Specifically, he is Module Coordinator for Leading, Managing and Developing People on the HRM MSc course, Managing in Changing Organisations, a core module for management undergraduate degrees at second /third year level and is a joint Module Coordinator for Work and Organisational Behaviour, a core module for second year undergraduates studying management degrees.