Louise Buxton

Position: Senior Lecturer

College: College of Business

Department: Hotel, Resort and Spa Management

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I am a Senior Lecturer in Spa and Wellness Management in the Department of Hotel, Resort and Spa Management within the College of Business. I am also a Link Tutor responsible for the day-to-day operational management of the university’s collaborative partnership with three hospitality management institutions in Switzerland.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach a range of modules on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate independent studies.

Professional interests

I have worked for the University of Derby since 2003, in addition to teaching I have held various roles including: Assistant Subject Manager for Distributed Learning, where I oversaw the delivery of online programmes and managed a small team of online tutors and Faculty Curriculum Development Manager, where I was responsible for implementing the university's arrangements for curriculum development, validation and approval and monitoring, evaluation and review.  I am an External Examiner for Newcastle College and the University of Surrey.

Research interests

My research interests include: widening participation and support for vocational students in higher education, selling, consumer behaviour and the evolution of spa and wellness.

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)


Undergraduate qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Training and Education Initiatives, University of Derby
  • University Advanced Diploma Manager as Coach and Mentor, University of Derby
  • HNC Salon Management, University of Derby

Postgraduate qualifications

  • MA Education, University of Derby
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Post Compulsory Education, Sheffield Hallam University

Recent publications

  • Book Chapters ‘Selling the Total Spa Product’ and ‘Thermal and Mineral Springs’ due for publication 2016
  • Buxton, L. C. (2016) Top 5 Wellness Trends for 2016 Carenovate Magazine

Recent conferences

  • Buxton, L. C. (2014) Active and Experiential Learning: Examples from Sport, Outdoor and Spa HEA Social Science Workshop Series 6th June 2014
  • Buxton, L. C. (2012) Online Distance Learning: a Critical Review of Students Needs and Expectations LTA Conference 2nd July 2012
  • Buxton, L. C. Cooper, S. J. Stockdale, I. (2012) Developing and Supporting Independent Learning British Educational Research Association Conference 6th September 2012
  • Buxton, L. Stockdale, I. Cooper, S. (2011) Developing and Supporting Independent Learning LTA Conference 3rd July 2011
  • Buxton, L. (2007) Should educators in hairdressing and spa form a higher education support network?  Educators Forum University of Derby 11th June 2007

Experience in industry

Prior to working in education, I worked in spa and wellness related industries for fifteen years; part of this time was spent running my own business.

International experience

I have experience of managing transnational education through my responsibility as Link Tutor for the university’s collaborative partnership with three hospitality management institutions in Switzerland. I have delivered lectures on retail and selling in Botswana.

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