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Frances Rothwell

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Undergraduate and Professional Education


Frances joined Nottingham Trent in 1998 following a career in HR, teaching on professional, post graduate and undergraduate courses, having professional qualifications in HRM, Youth Work and Education. Frances has held many positions of responsibility including course leader for the PGCE HE and subject leader for Business Education. Among her professional skills Frances has extensive experience of developing innovative approaches to teaching and assessment.

Frances specialism is in the business of education, teaching strategic management and leadership in education, as well as organisational behaviour and learning. Frances is a   dissertation tutor on both Education and Childhood Studies degrees, supervising  student research projects and undertaking pastoral responsibilities. She introduced  new modules in career and employability to the School of Education and has continually developed and refreshed the Education curriculum with business focused modules offering unique perspectives to education students. Frances also draws on her extensive voluntary  youth work practice, having developed  and taught specialist modules in  youth and adolescence. Frances is currently module leader for the B.A. Childhood studies module International and community perspectives which includes the second year placement.

Career overview

Frances Rothwell taught in secondary schools and colleges pioneering alternative curriculum programmes and working with special needs young people at the secondary level. She established enterprise and employability modules within F.E. as well as teaching a range of business and education modules and professional courses. Prior to this, Frances worked for local government as senior personnel officer managing a training division. She developed training and educational initiatives alongside the introduction of work based learning; these were  leading edge programmes working with special needs and disadvantaged young people,  developing interventionist programmes and establishing  a framework for education and training and work based assessment and was involved in  writing and piloting NVQ’S. Frances also worked on pioneering schemes with young offenders establishing education and training programmes to develop and improve literacy, numeracy and employability and setting up programmes to encourage young women into non- traditional areas.

Research areas

As an active researcher Frances had a REF submission (2014) with a rating of 2.5*.This comprised two book chapters in well-respected edited collections, and one 4* journal article. Frances has presented papers at the British Academy of Management and published in Education, Psychology and Business journals with more than 100 citations for one article. Her current research focuses on the student psychological contract.

External activity

Externally, Frances has extensive experience in youth work and community Education and in managing volunteers undertaken through her own volunteering work including Chair of a local Scout Group, teaching English as second language, working with adult literacy programmes and  helping to establish and run youth clubs. Frances is a member of a local Soroptomists’ group working to support education and enabling opportunities for young women and girls.


Selected publications

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