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James Leinster

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

Nottingham Business School

Staff Group(s)
Department of Human Resource Management


James has been in the Human Resource Management Division for 10 years. He has extensive experience of teaching on Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Masters and Professional programmes. He has experience of international teaching delivering in Baku and Moscow. He is the module leader for a number of modules across the HRM provision.  He also teaches Research Methods on a number of Masters’ programmes.

James’s main teaching areas include Learning, and Talent Development and Performance Management. In 2011, James co-authored a fictional international case study that is used on Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses, The Rollins Group. This teaching strategy adopts a problem-based learning approach that emerges students’ into the international arena of Business and Management across a wide subject spectrum, for example: employee engagement, CSR and Sustainability, Diversity and Cultural, Workforce Analytics, Talent Management and Talent Development.  James is a qualified coach, assessor and internal verifier.

Career overview

Prior to coming to Nottingham, James worked at a number of Management and Business Centres where he taught on a number of different programmes. He was Programme Director for a number of programmes which involved liaising with local employers and other providers. James has been a committee member of the Wiltshire Branch of the CIPD.  Prior to coming into higher education in 1999, James was employed by the Civil Service where he worked with the MOD as an HRD specialist.

Research areas

The research James is presently conducting is exploring the ‘business’ undergraduate learning journey from a multilevel stakeholder analysis of the experience. James’s work in this area is informed by different literatures from the role of parents in the decision-making process, the psychological contract between students and the Business School, game-based learning to the philosophical position that tutors adopt when they teach.

This puzzle connects with two strategically framed questions: What should Nottingham Business School do to improve its understanding of the ‘business’ undergraduate learning experience? & What do Nottingham Business School staff need to do to improve the ‘business’ undergraduate learning experience? Work in this area informs James’s involvement in the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice.

James has a growing interest in game-based learning and designing games that aids learning; this is all achieved by his role as Chair of the SIG Games in Learning as part of the Trent Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT).

Sponsors and collaborators

James is collaborating with a publisher and a professional body to identify ways in which one of the game-based learning activities he designed could be developed further and be made available to the wider HE community.