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Graham Thomas

Project Manager

Nottingham Business School

Staff Group(s)
Department of Management


Graham is a Principal Lecturer (PL) in the Department of Management, the School Learning and Teaching Manager (LTM) and a member of the School Quality Team.

As Learning and Teaching Manager, Graham takes a lead role in the development and implementation of the School's learning and teaching strategy. As a member of the School Quality Team he supports the Head of Accreditations and Quality in developing the internal quality assurance and accreditation system. Graham is a member of the Schools Programme Review Committee, School Academic Standards and Quality Committee and School Executive (Themed). At university level Graham is a member of the Library Advisory Panel, the NOW Advisory Group and the Module and Course Evaluation Enhancement Board. He also contributes to the activities of the Trent Institute for Learning and Teaching.

Graham is the Subject Group Head for Entrepreneurship and Innovation within the Management Department, and provides support to the Head of Department through involvement in recruitment and selection interviewing, staff appraisals, and observation of colleague’s teaching. He teaches entrepreneurship and operations management at undergraduate level, and supervises postgraduate consultancy projects in addition to supervising doctoral students. Graham is an experienced teacher using business simulation modelling and has a strong interest in developing the use of diagramming within undergraduate courses.

Graham began his career as a research scientist before relocating to Canada for five years where he collaborated with climate researchers in the USA and Australia. Subsequently Graham worked as a consultant for the UK International Development Agency on development projects in Mexico and Nicaragua. He has also worked in Ghana and Kenya organising large area geographic field surveys to support rural development projects. He has provided consultancy expertise for several companies including Mars Foods Limited.

Career overview

Before joining NTU in 2012, Graham was a senior member of the Learning Institute at Queen Mary, University of London. Prior to that he held academic posts at Cranfield Unviersity and the University of British Columbia, Canada. During that time he worked extensively as a consultant leading both national and international projects.

Research areas

Graham’s research interests are currently focused on understanding the role of business simulation modelling in helping to develop decision-making abilities in students. He is also interested in how students’ creative abilities can be developed during higher education study.

External activity

2018-2019  Chartered Association of Business Schools: Member of Working Group for Continuing Professional Development Scheme.