Isobel Stockdale

Position: Deputy Head of Department and Head of Tourism and Spa

College: College of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Department: Hotel, Resort and Spa Management

Subject area: Spa, Travel and Tourism

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I am the Deputy Head of Department for Hotel, Resort and Spa and the Head of Tourism, Spa and Wellness

I am also the link tutor for our collaborative partner: Botswana Accountancy College.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach across the spa and wellness programmes and modules include subject specfic aspects, business and management, research and supervise independent studies.

Professional interests

I have continual involvement with the spa and wellness industry, attend and speak at conferences and forums (Global Wellness Summit, SpaLife, Professional Spa and Wellness).

  • Member of the Habia Spa Industry Forum
  • External examiner.

Research interests

  • Vocational subjects in Higher Education and employability
  • Management skills in spa and wellness
  • Education
  • Customer service
  • Design.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority
  • UK Spa Association
  • ISPA.


Undergraduate qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Beauty and Spa Management and Education, University of Derby
  • Certificate in Education, Sheffield Hallam University

Postgraduate qualifications

  • MSc International Spa Management.

Recent publications

  • Stockdale, I and Azara, I (2012) 'Key concepts in spa tourism' in Peter Robinson (Ed) Key concepts in Tourism. London: Routledge

Recent conferences

  • 'Negotiating the Thistles', co-led with Azara, I., as part of the Buxton Spa Forum at University of Derby, 2012
  • Stockdale, I; Buxton, L; Cooper, S (2011) Developing and Supporting Independent Learning, British Educational Research Association (BERA) Sept. 2012
  • Stockdale, I; Azara, I & Hunter, G (2007) 'Profiling Day-Spa Visitors and Motivations to experience Wellness at home' Budapest ATLAS SIG, Spa and Wellness Tourism, Historic concept, future pospects.

Experience in industry

Twenty years working in the spa, beauty and wellness industry.

In the media


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