Dr Fiona Whitehurst
Senior Lecturer in Management
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- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1603
- Personal Website: go.ncl.ac.uk/nubs/captured
- Address: Room 8.14
Newcastle University Business School
5 Barrack Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
Fiona has been with the Business School since completing her PhD in the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies at Newcastle University in 2006 and is now a Senior Lecturer and researcher in the Centre for Knowledge, Innovation, Technology and Enterprise (KITE).
She is now Director of Impact, supporting academics in the Business School as they apply their research to make a difference to pressing problems in organisations, policy and wider society. She is also theme leader for the Enterprise in Society theme of the Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal.
Fiona is currently leading a project called Captured, piloted with co-invest from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and now part-funded by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, which is exploring the ways in which anchor institutions, such as universities, business schools and large firms, can support small firms in their region to develop leadership and entrepreneurship skills
From 2012 - 2016 Fiona was Director of Accreditation for the Business School, leading the School's successful drive to achieve triple accreditation from the three leading international bodies that quality assure the activities of Business Schools (EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA). Prior to that, she was appointed as Director of Engagement for the Business School in September 2009 and developed the MBA Sustainability Challenge with Procter & Gamble; the Herbert Loebl Export Academy with RTC North, HSBC and Ward Hadaway; and the Business of Sustainability Week with Santander.
Fiona graduated with a first class degree in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge in 1990 and subsequently worked in relationship banking for NatWest Bank for 9 years.
Fiona completed a PhD in Economic Geography at Newcastle University in 2005 looking at the use of clusters in economic development policy and retains a research interest in the interactions between firms, and other entities, particularly in the marine technology industries. She also has a strong research interest in regional economic development policy and the way in which firms interact with universities.
She has been involved in a variety of research assignments including a report on Smart Specialisation in the North East of England for the North East Local Enterprise Partnership: an identification and assessment of sectoral strengths in the North East for the regional development agency One NorthEast; a study of the implications of an emerging regional policy for higher education in England for Universities UK and a study of the impact of the higher education institutions in the Yorkshire and the Humber Region for Yorkshire Universities. Work from her PhD contributed to an EU FP5 research project CRITICAL (City-Regions as Intelligent Territories: Inclusion, Competitiveness and Learning)
Fiona's main current research relates to writing up the findings of an ESRC Business Engagement project. This project aimed to identify the ways in which firms, particularly small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the subsea engineering company could work together to promote their industrial sector and tailor skills provision for their requirements. This led to a collaborative project with Newcastle College and the development of two specialist subsea degrees, in addition to a range of practical activities to engage young people in the engineering sector.
Fiona also held a curriculum development grant to produce a range of entrepreneurial video narratives for use in teaching across the university. This project led to a joint research project with Dr Janine Swail looking at student perceptions of entrepreneurship.
Member of Subsea North East Executive Committee
ESRC Business Engagement Funding £75,300 (April 2008-April 2009)
TeachingNBS8035 Understanding and Managing Creativity
- Butt M, Cross E, Holliman N, Kempton L, Legget J, Mackenzie E, Ross H, Sapsed J, Swords J, Vallance P, Whitehurst F. Creative Fuse North East: Initial Report. Newcastle University, UK, 2017.
- Richter P, Whitehurst F, Sear L. Anchor institutions and small business development and learning: A role for university business schools?. In: 5th Engage HEI Conference. 2016, University of Central Lancashire.
- Fisher B, Goddard JG, Kempton L, Marlow D, Robson L, Whitehurst FC. North East Local Economic Partnership: Smart Specialisation Report. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: North East Local Economic Partnership, 2013.
- Whitehurst FC, Siedlok F, Hibbert P. Late Life Entrepreneurship in the Context Of Closures. In: 27th Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference. 2013, Tasmania, Australia.
- Whitehurst FC. When Two (or Three or Four) Worlds Collide? Motivations and Stimuli in Collaborations Involving Further Education, Higher Education and Industry. In: Multi-Organisational Partnerships, Alliances and Networks (MOPAN 2013). 2013, Newcastle upon Tyne.
- Whitehurst FC. Can Smart Specialisation Strategies Learn Lessons from Cluster Policy? A look back at cluster policy in the North East of England. In: Meeting of the Social Dynamics of Innovation Networks (SDIN) Research Group. 2013, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.
- Whitehurst F, Hodgson CM. Regional Policy Makers, Higher Education and Clusters: Regional Strategic Human Resource Development?. In: Engage HEI. 2010, Bradford, UK.
- Whitehurst F, Hodgson CM. When Two (or Three or Four) Worlds Collide?: The Case of a Collaboration involving Further Education, Higher Education and Industry. In: British Academy of Management Conference. 2010, Sheffield, UK.
- Hodgson CM, Whitehurst FC. ‘Match Making and Making Sense: A potential role for business school academics in industry-university engagement’. In: HE Academy, Business, Management, Accountancy and Finance Annual Conference. 2009, Cardiff, UK.
- Whitehurst FC, Swail J. Just One Question – Do entrepreneurship educators sufficiently account for students’ perceptions of entrepreneurship?. In: British Academy of Management Conference. 2009, Brighton, UK.
- Whitehurst F, Siedlok F. Regional Leadership: The Emergence of Subsea NE and the Subsea Technology Cluster in North East England. Regions Magazine 2009, 275(1), 20-23.
- Whitehurst FC. A contact sport, not a numbers game: the use of clusters in economic development policy. In: DIME International Workshop, Reconsidering the Regional Knowledge Economy: Theoretical, Empirical and Policy Insights from Diverse Research Approaches. 2008, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
- Whitehurst F, Siedlok F, Race JM. Reach-in and Reach-out: The Story of the MSc in Pipeline Engineering at Newcastle University. International Small Business Journal 2008, 26(6), 709-733.
- Whitehurst FC. [PhD Thesis] The use and misuse of clusters in economic development policy:A case study of two cluster policy initiatives in the North East of England. Newcastle upon Tyne: Newcastle University, 2007. Centre for Urban & Regional Development Studies.
- Whitehurst FC, Siedlok F. From closure to excellence: micro-clusters, local embeddedness and public policy. In: Paper presented at the Institute for Small Business & Entrepreneurship 29th National Conference. 2006, Cardiff, UK.
- Whitehurst F. Cluster policy in the North East of England: High or Low Tide? policy approaches to the life sciences and the marine and offshore cluster. In: Economic Geography Research Group Postgraduate Symposium. 2004, University of Sheffield, UK.
- Benneworth, P., and F. Whitehurst. The Wicked issues of clusters, clustering and cluster policy. Regional Review 2002, 11.
- Benneworth P, Whitehurst F. Regional Development Agencies’ approaches to cluster strategies. Regions: The Newsletter of the Regional Studies Association 2001, 234, 6-9.
- Whitehurst F, Richter P, Sear L. Anchor institutions and small business development and learning: A role for university business schools?. In: The 5th Engage HEI Conference: 'Engaged Scholarship: impact, policy and practice‘. 2016, Preston, UK.
- Mallett O, Richter P, Whitehurst F, Sear L. Reconceptualising anchor institutions: a new direction for regionally-focused small firm support. In: ISBE 2016 Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. 2016, Paris, France.