research student

Vic Curtis

Course Director - Derby Business School

Vic Curtis teaching an enterprise and entrepreneurship class




College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Derby Business School


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am currently Course Director for the Derby Business School. Since 2012, I have also been a Senior Lecturer in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, and have taught on and researched a variety of enterprise, entrepreneurship and business modules. Specifically:

Teaching responsibilities

I specifically teach in the areas of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Business, Marketing and Strategy, and at the crossover of these disciplines. Since 2012, examples of modules on which I teach include:

Professional interests

I am involved with the Executive Education and Enterprise Development (3ED) team delvering consultancy activities and workshops to a variety of small and medium size enterprises, under programmes such as Enscite, Small Business Leadership Programme, Sustainable and Inclusive Leadership programme, Help to Grow etc.

Research interests

My research currently focuses on three specific areas:

I am currently undertaking a Doctor of Education which combines these various research interests within an enterprise education context.

Membership of professional bodies

I am a member of the following professional bodies:


I am currently studying for a Doctor of Education at the University of Derby, but I also hold:

Recent conferences

Experience in industry

My industrial expertise lies at the intersection of enterprise (particularly in small businesses), marketing and strategy. I am both a practitioner and an academic as I started, own and run a small business myself, so I have a good appreciation of the current agenda and activity within the enterprise and small business sector. I started my company to help SMEs achieve profitable growth through increasing sales (eg through market research, marketing and customer acquisition) whilst reducing costs through operational and efficiency improvements.

These business consultancy activities have included undertaking and managing contract market research projects and customer surveys, conducting strategic analyses, developing business and marketing plans (and then implementing those plans at a tactical level) and introducing lean thinking. These activities have been for a variety of domestic and international SMEs both in the B2B and B2C arenas, and has resulted in improved company performance once the development solutions have been implemented.

Prior to this, I have had a number of senior roles in sales and marketing positions with various original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). These companies have produced and sold equipment and servives which have ranged from single high precision gauges to multi-million pound capital equipment and installation projects. The majority of these products and services were for international clients.

International experience

I have both sold and commissioned equipment as far afield as Fiji, Japan, Thailand, the Phillipines, Senegal and South Africa through most Western European countries to the USA, Canada, Mexico and Brazil.

Recent publications