Staff profile

Angela Tooley

Enterprise Development Manager

Angela Tooley.


College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Business Engagement & Employability, Executive Education and Enterprise Development


Derby Campus, iHub



I joined the University in 2016 after over 20 years in industry and professional services, primarily at Rolls-Royce and Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

I was Head of Enscite for three years. Enscite is a part European Regional Development Funded (ERDF) Programme delivered in partnership with Aston University and Derby City Council that supports businesses in aerospace, rail and automotive supply chains.

Enscite is based at the iHub, an innovation centre at the heart of Infinity Park Derby Commercial Business Park adjacent to Rolls Royce Campus.

In January 2019, I was appointed Enterprise Development Manager for the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences.

Enterprise Development focusses on the organisation, and the provision of an agile, innovative and market led portfolio which fosters organisational growth, sustainability and high performance through supporting the business and its employees.  

Alongside my team, I drive business engagement activity on behalf of the college, ensuring that the college develops new and deeper relationships with both local and national businesses as well as industry-focused organisations. We work with staff to ensure that the college and wider university offers a portfolio of services from networking events and masterclasses through to work-based learning and knowledge exchange partnerships that meets their needs

I am responsible for the delivery of the college’s two successful ERDF projects, Enscite and Low Carbon which works with businesses who are pro-environmental or operate in the low carbon sector.

An important element of my role is ensuring that our teaching remains aligned to the future needs of businesses and we encourage businesses to actively engage in our curriculum and with students either through work placements, industrial projects, guest lectures or mentoring.

Professional interests

The provision of business support and funding to SMEs

Developing flexible and innovative approaches to life-long learning to allow experienced learners to refresh and / or develop new skills 

Developing effective channels for networking and peer-to-peer learning

Membership of professional bodies

Chartered Instutite of Purchase and Supply (MCIPS)

a teacher addressing a business workshop

Enterprise Development Manager Angela Tooley takes a look at why learning and development are so important in the current business landscape. And why universities are a key resource for businesses.

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The sudden onset of the global pandemic disrupted businesses worldwide. It also forced us all to find innovations to continue operating. Enterprise Development Manager Angela Tooley takes a look at how we have changed the way we work with small businesses in the face of Covid.

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Angela Tooley, Enterprise Development Manager in the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences at the University of Derby, explains why businesses need to embed the learning gained over the last couple of years and use it to exploit new opportunities that have arisen from the rapid shift in both the economy and society.