Staff profile

Yukari Iguchi

Academic Lead for Hospitality and Leisure

Yukari Iguchi leaning on a hand rail


Culinary Arts and Management


University of Derby Online Learning



I am originally from Japan and studied English in the United States. After 5 years of full time employment in Japan, I lived in Switzerland for four years studying and working in the hospitality industry and the educational sector before I came to England in 2001.

Professionally I have worked in many sectors within the hospitality industry, including hotels, restaurants, bars and theme parks in Japan, Switzerland and the UK. Although I have changed my career path to teaching, I still have a passion for hospitality and keep my knowledge up to date through research and through being a customer. My expertise lies in the areas of managing cultural diversity and in service quality within the hospitality industry.

During my academic career, I also have performed a range of roles including Programme Leader for undergraduate hospitality programmes, International Student Coordinator, International Collaborative Project Manager, and Online and Distance Learning Coordinator. 

Online learning provides excellent learning opportunities along with the flexibility to fit into your career or lifestyle. It is not for everyone as it requires strong motivation and self-management skills, but if you remain realistic and focused, the rewards are enormous.

Research interests

Due to my international background, I have a keen interest in cultural diversity within both the educational sector as well as the hospitality industry. I have been researching the international students' experience at UK universities and using this research to provide a good support structure for them.

Another area of great interest to me, particulary in more recent years, is the skills shortage issue within the hospitality industry and how educational institutions can contribute to improving the situation through providing online learning opportunities. 

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