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Frances Rothwell

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Undergraduate and Professional Education


Frances is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Science.

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 has great breadth of experience as a tutor on both Education and Childhood 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 experience in both youth work practice and working to support educational initiatives with women and girls. Frances has developed and taught specialist modules in youth and adolescence and in international education. Frances is currently module leader for the B.A. Childhood degrees modules; Global Childhoods, which includes the second year placement and for the third year module, Sustainable Childhoods.

Career overview

Frances Rothwell taught English in secondary schools and colleges and also pioneered alternative curriculum programmes and  developed programmes for 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 a 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 the voluntary sector, being President of a midlands based Soroptimist group, which is an International women's organisation with consultative status at the United Nations. Frances also has long experience of youth work and community education and in managing volunteers undertaken through her own volunteering work  which further includes being Chair of a local Scout Group, teaching English as second language, working with adult literacy programmes and  helping to establish and run youth clubs.


Selected publications

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