Staff profile

Dr Olivia Ramsbottom

Programme Leader - BA (Hons) Business Studies and Senior Lecturer: Business and Management

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College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Derby Business School


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am Programme Leader of the undergraduate BA (Hons) Business Studies programme, which means I am responsible for the success and progression of students on the progamme, including giving academic advice and pastoral support. I am responsible for recruitment, retention and student satisfaction on the programme.

I am co-Programme Leader for the MSc Level 7 Apprenticeship Senior Leaders programme.  This exciting programme is proving a real success in a number of public and private sector organisations in the region.

I am a Senior Lecturer with teaching responsibilities across Derby Business School, including corporate learning.

Additionally, I am an External Examiner, I am working on various research and writing projects and I am a supervisor of undergraduate and postgraduate research projects.  

Teaching responsibilities

I am a Module Leader for the undergraduate modules Global Business and Strategy, The Business Consultancy Project, and The Business Research Project.  My postgraduate modules include Leading Strategy for the MSc Level 7 Apprenticeship Senior Leaders programme.  I run a number of advanced skills workshops for corporate partners.

Professional interests

I have 16 years of experience in management, in a variety of private and public sector organisations. I am also an experienced trainer and consultant, able to work with organisations to effectively identify gaps in policy, processes and planning and offer workable solutions to make improvements, as well as recommending and carrying out appropriate staff training and development activities.

Prior to working for Derby Business School, I was the Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Events Management programme at the University of Derby, Buxton, combining my management experience with my events management experience at various organisations.

Research interests

My PhD is titled: 'A Conceptualisation of Management Based on the Lived Experience of Hospitality Managers and Employees' My research interests are around a deeper understanding of the philosopy of management, the similarities and differences of management practice across different sectors, business ethics in turbulent times, and the challenges faced by employees in the transition of specialist to manager.

Membership of professional bodies


Undergraduate qualifications

Postgraduate qualifications

Professional qualifications

Recent conferences

Experience in industry

After graduation, I worked in management positions. I worked for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (1997-2001), the Medical Research Council (2002-2004) and the University of Derby (2004-2012). I launched my own training and consultancy business in 2006, and provide training, development and consultancy services to a number of clients including medical registrars, managers in the police force, supervisors and managers in a steel company, small/owner-managed businesses in North Derbyshire and the Great Ormond Street Hospital.

I'm an expert in strategic planning and project management (including events management), and operational management.  I'm also a recognised expert in managing university "clearing" operations and major change and restructuring projects.

International experience

I work with the University's collaborative partners in Bangladesh, Singapore, Malaysia, Spain and Greece.

Recent publications

Antchak, V, and Ramsbottom, O. (2020) The Fundamentals of Event Design. Oxon: Routledge.

Anthonisz, A., Heap, T. and Ramsbottom, O. (2017) Developing an Effective Human Resource Strategy in the Spa Industry, in Rawlinson, S. & Heap, T. (eds) International Spa Management,  London: Goodfellow Publishers

Ramsbottom, O., Michopoulou, E. and Azara, I. (2017) Editorial of the special issue on ‘Making Sense of Events Experiences’ in Events Management an International Journal.