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Zoe McClelland

About Zoe McClelland

Zoe McClelland is Head of Subject Business Strategy, Operations and Enterprise, Accounting and Finance and Leadership Governance and People Management at Leeds Business School providing academic leadership of the subject areas and contributing as a member of the School Leadership Team where she also holds responsibilities for Employability and Employer Engagement for the School.

Since joining the University in 2000, Zoe has led the development of many courses for working professionals and established Masters and Undergraduate programmes in Business and Management. Her teaching focuses on employability and employer engagement in the curriculum and she is currently mentoring managers from the Licensed Retail Industry as part of the Chartered Manager Degree Apprentice, a programme designed for industry practitioners.

Among her achievements, Zoe was instrumental in the development and launch of the Independent Food and Drink Academy (IFDA), a joint collaboration with Leeds City Council. 

Zoe has successfully led the development of franchise partnerships, including, Turkey, Mauritius, Singapore, and the development of the Bandung, Indonesia partnership. 

Zoe’s involvement also includes developing Higher Apprentice Degrees, and successful partnerships with industry for the designing and delivery of level 6 and 7 programmes.

Zoe’s work has been formally recognised by the University by receiving the Deans award for Using Your Talents to the Full and she has previously been a judge for the Leeds Hotels and Venues Association. Zoe was also awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2015.

In addition to her administrative, and teaching duties, Zoe has extensive experience as an external examiner at UK universities including Staffordshire, Manchester Metropolitan and University of Central Lancaster. Before joining academia, Zoe held management roles in the Hospitality and Leisure Industries.

Transforming business leadership - "Our business education helps to bridge the skills gap and is a vital part of our role in the region." - Zoe McClelland, Leeds Business School

Current Teaching

  • Organisational Impact Projects
  • Dissertation Supervisor in Undergraduate and postgraduate Business Programmes
  • Business Consultancy Project

Research Interests

Zoe's Research interests focus on employability, work based learning and the student experience, working with industry to design and develop innovative programmes for Business and Management.  Zoe has presented on employer engagement in the curriculum at the Higher Education Academy Conference and has contributed a chapter on Using a Qualitative Enhancement Audit Approach to Review Provision for International Students in the book Internationalising Higher Education.

Selected Publications

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