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Richard Howarth

Richard Howarth

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham Business School

Staff Group(s)
Department of Marketing


Richard Howarth is Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Business Management (in‐Company) degree (BABM). He previously led the course from 2003 to 2006 and returned to take the BABM course suite through full revalidation in July 2014.  Prior to his return to NBS, Richard worked on practitioner oriented sustainability and environmental management courses (recognised by IEMA) and was involved in the development of a blended learning MSc Risk Management with specialist pathways for the practitioner market.  Richard’s academic interests relate to work-based and experiential learning concepts and practice; tools and approaches to support learners within and outside the classroom environment; alternative pedagogies and the role and value of ‘know-how’; and supporting learner achievement (including the role and use of metrics and the thought and practice associated with ‘growth mind-set’).

In addition to end-to-end Course Leadership role and duties, Richard is involved in Module Leadership and teaching inputs on a number and range of course modules and supporting learners with problem and research based projects.  Richard leads on core elements related to work-based and experiential learning on BABM and is particularly focussed on engaging with, supporting and promoting internationalisation, sustainable and digital literacy, enterprise and the development of individuals as self-directed learners and practitioners. He has developed partnerships and opportunities with a range of organisations and also with other HEIs to enhance the reach and appeal of the BABM course, to enrich the learning environment and to support and underpin both student experience and outcome(s). Beyond BABM, Richard is involved with NTUs cross-college and school SASQC, he supervises Professional Doctorates, was previously an active member of NTU’s sustainability forums and group (having led the NTU wide group for a time) and has recently been an external consultant and examiner at the Open University on work-based courses.

Career overview

Between running and returning to BABM and working on practitioner oriented and professionally recognised BA (Hons) and MSc courses, Richard led the development, validation, launch and operation of BA (Hons) Management and Leadership (Work-Based) at Lord Ashcroft International Business School at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge (ARU).  During his time with ARU Richard also secured funding from HEFCE to develop a ‘pathfinder’ 2 Year full-time and 3 Year sandwich ‘fast-track’ course and worked to support the promotion of sustainability literacy across ARU.  Prior to running BABM for the first time, Richard worked as an environmental management systems consultant with SMEs and larger organisations and ran a number of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships related to the development of environmental initiatives and practice(s) in a large distribution company and with a small groundworks company.

Research areas

Richard has a long standing interest in sustainability and the development of thinking and practice in this area.  He has published in areas such as SME environmental practice, supply-chain environmental practice and the role of KTPs in promoting sustainability and environment related activity in larger organisations and SMEs.  With the shift in his role and focus, Richard has more recently pursued research related to work-based and experiential learning and both practical and philosophical challenges to work in this area in HE, courses such as BABM and the wider portfolio.

External activity

  • Developed, led and managed a number of KTPs and consultancy projects related to sustainability and environment.
  • Work with practitioners and professional bodies to develop courses, learning and other interventions and solutions.
  • External consultant and examiner to Open University to end of 2016.
  • Broker and lead support on BABM consultancy projects and related work within and beyond course partners.
  • Work closely with European partner institute and organisations to develop and deliver annual study tours.

Sponsors and collaborators

Richard works with a range of company partners on the delivery and operation of work-based and experiential learning courses (specifically BABM).

Involved with CMI as a result of ongoing recognition of BABM with them.