Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Dr Tracy Scurry

Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) HaSS Faculty, Senior Lecturer in HRM



Tracy Scurry is a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management at Newcastle University Business School. She is a member of the Human Resource Management Work and Employment  research group and The Centre for Knowledge, Innovation, Technology and Enterprise (KITE).Her research focuses on careers from the perspectives of the individual and the organisation. 

There are 3 main strands to her research:

1. Graduate careers 

2. Global careers

3. Extended working lives

She has also worked on numerous projects exploring organisational change in the workplace.

The latest project is a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Chris Hicks ,  Tom McGovern and Adrian Small exploring transformational change at an automotive dealership.

Previous Roles and Responsibilities

Deputy Subject Group Head, (Leadership, Work and Organisation)

Chair of the Board of Studies (Leadership, Work and Organisation)

HASS Faculty representative for the University Standing Committee on Collaborative Provision 


PhD, Nottingham Trent University

BA (hons), Nottingham Trent University

External Roles

2013 - ongoing - Editorial Advisory Board for Personnel Review

2012-2013 - Advisory group member for BIS funded Graduate Success Project AGCAS/AGR  

2011 - 2012 - Panel member for the OUVS Revalidation of MA Management with Pathways at Regent's  College

2008 – 2013 -Book Reviews Editor for Personnel Review

External Examining

2014 - ongoing  - Centre for Lifelong Learning, Warwick University, UK 

External Examiner for MA/PGD/PGC/PGA Career Education Information and Guidance in Higher Education (CEIGHE) and MA/PGD/PGC/PGA in Career Development and Coaching Studies (CDCS)

2014 - External examiner DBA: Grenoble Ecole de Management, France

2012 - External examiner PhD: Auckland University, New Zealand

2010 - External examiner DBA: Teesside University, UK



Management and Leadership Roles in Learning and Teaching

2017 -              Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching (HaSS Faculty)

2013 - 2016     Deputy Subject Group Head for Leadership, Work and Organisation (LWO)

2013 - 2016     Chair of the Board of Studies for Leadership, Work and Organisation (LWO) 

2011 - 2014      Degree Programme Director for the Dual Masters AIBM/AIBMM with the University of Groningen

2012 -2014      Chair of the Board of Examiners for the Dual Masters AIBM/AIBMM/OPS (With University of Groningen)

2009 - 2011      Dual Masters Programme development and approval

2008 - 2011      Degree Programme Director for the MA IBM



Research Interests

My main research interests are in the area of careers from the perspectives of the individual and the organisation. Work to date has focused on graduate careers, in particular ‘non-traditional’ graduate employment, and the consequences that this has for individuals, organisations and societies. I have recently completed a British Academy funded project exploring undergraduate future career expectations, career management and notions of career success. Current work focuses on the experiences of participants on a public sector graduate development programme, identity narratives of global workers and low carbon careers. 

I have also worked with a number of public sector organisations evaluating the processes and impact of organisational change related to the implementation of flexible working practices and work life balance initiatives.  Work to date has adopted a multi-stakeholder perspective, examining both the organisational and individual implications of the practices for all those involved.

Keywords: careers, subjective careers, career success, graduate careers, career management, flexible working, teleworking, work life balance.


External Research Funding

2017 -2018  Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU): Developing Graduates' Career Resilience. With PI Ann Smart (Northumbria University Careers Service) Prof. J Blenkinsopp (Newcastle Business School) and Dr. C. Burke (Ulster)

2014 – 2016 ESRC Knowledge Transfer Partnership Funding: Transformational Change at Benfield Motor Group  – PI: Chris Hicks. CIs: T Scurry and T McGovern. Received outstanding rating and features as an ESRC Impact Case Study:

2013-2015 ESRC Seminar Series: 'Regulation of Work and Employment: Towards a multidisciplinary, multilevel framework' - PI: J Rodriguez, CIs: T. Scurry, S. Johnstone and S. Hughes (Newcastle), G. Bamber (Monash) and P. Stewart (Strathclyde)  (Grant Ref: ES/L000660/1).

2012 -2013 Institute for Local Governance and Gateshead Council:  Accelerating Implementation of Apprenticeship Priotities for Gateshead (With Dr John Blenkinsopp, Dr Ruth Helyer, Dr Paul Smith, Steven Pattinson).

2012 -2012    Department for Business Innovation and Skills :Graduate Recruitment to SMEs.(NUBS Principal Investigator) with Leigh Sear SFEDI , Dr Janine Swail NUBS, Professor Simon Down Anglia Ruskin and Stu Anderson NUBS. Report available here: 

2010 - 2012   British Academy Small Research Grant : What is a graduate job? Insights from undergraduate students of expected graduate employment outcomes (Principal Investigator. With Dr John Blenkinsopp)

2010 – 2010  Institute for Local Governance CA100: Securing the region’s future workforce requirements The Process of Recruiting, Training & Deploying Apprentices (With Dr John Blenkinsopp, Dr Jon Scott and Dr Roberts)

Internal Research Funding

2014 -2015 KITE Internship for NELEP Regional Skills Survey. 

2012 - 2013   NUBS Engaged Research Funding: Graduate development programmes in the public sector – changing notions of career success? (Principal Investigator)

2007 – 2008  Faculty Research Grant : 'An exploration of the influence of social class on career expectations and aspirations' (with Dr Yvette Taylor - GPS)

2006 – 2007  HASS Faculty Futures Programme Grant: 'Intersections, divisions and distinctions: an exploration of students’ experiences within Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS), Newcastle University' (with Dr. Bernadette Buckley and Dr. Yvette Taylor)

Past projects

NELEP Regional Skills Survey

Designed and developed Regional Skills Survey (with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC)) for the North East Local Economic Partnership (NELEP). Please email for a copy of the Executive Summary.

Coverage of the report:

Graduate recruitment to SMEs:  

a) I am part of a team that received funding from BIS to consider the number of graduates employed in small businesses, how they are recruited and whether recruitment processes can be improved. This report is available at:

b) AGCAS Members Survey:  I have also conducted a survey of AGCAS members to gather their views in relation to the recruitment of graduates to SMEs. A full copy of the report is available here: