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Adrian Castell

Adrian Castell

Principal Lecturer

Nottingham Business School

Staff Group(s)
Department of Management


Adrian has two main roles which are Programme Leader for the MSc in Management (& routes) and Assistant Head of the Department of Management. Adrian been Programme Leader for over a decade, during which time the MSc in Management has grown from circa 20 students to typically around 120 per year across two intakes. He has over seen over 1000 students achieve their Masters in Management from NBS and enjoys the challenge of facilitating the learning journey of primarily international students who are studying management for the first time, in one of the largest Masters awards in the University.

In his role of Assistant Head of Department Adrian works closely with the HoD and liaises with faculty, which involves workload planning, timetabling, supporting staff and Departmental developments, and encouraging research.

Career overview

Adrian is a career academic having previously held research and teaching posts at five UK universities and has a background in Human Computer interaction.

Adrian has held research positions at the Universities of Salford and Huddersfield and teaching positions at Abertay, Lincoln and Nottingham Trent Universities.

Research areas

Adrian’s current research interests are in Management Development Education and in particular MBA awards. He presented a paper at the 2013 BAM conference on an Interpretivist study of MBA Directors and completed his MPhil in this area in 2017.

External activity

Adrian has been an invited Validation Board member for a number of MBA validations events, most recently at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2016, but previously at Sheffield Hallam University, Birmingham City University and the Polish Open University.

Adrian is external examiner for the MBA awards at Salford University having previously been the MBA external at the University of the West of Scotland.

Adrian has taught summer schools for ITESM in Mexico and undertaken post-graduate recruitment activities in India.


Castell, A.M. (2011) Contemporary approaches to leadership and management in Key Themes in Health and Social Care (ed. Adam Barnard), Routledge. [978-0-415-4763-9]

Castell A.M., Gregory A., Hindle G., James M., & Ragsdell G (1999) (Eds.) Synergy Matters: Working with Systems in the 21 Century. Proceedings of the 6 International Conference of the UK Systems Society Lincoln, UK. 5-9 July 1999 Plenum Press/Kluwer International [0-306-46186-2]

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