Senior Teaching Fellow

Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship

Personal statement

A doctorate and MBA graduate, with substantial academic and business experience delivered across Higher Education, Creative Industries and Social Enterprises, utilising researched expertise within Entrepreneurship and Business Development.  Exemplary communication skills with in-depth knowledge of stakeholder management, change strategies and successful teaching innovations at all levels. Adaptable, with excellent leadership skills and commercial awareness, with a passion for coaching, teaching and research in Active Learning Pedagogies


2017 PG Diploma – Technology, Education and Learning, School of Education, University of Leeds (CPD)

2012 MBA – focus in Entrepreneurship & Change Management, Leeds University Business School

2010 PhD: Brand Identity & PR/Communication, Faculty ofPerformance, Visual Arts and Communication, University of Leeds       

2004 MSt. Musicology & Archival Studies, St. Cross College, University of Oxford

Trained Panellist for the Small Business Charter Award                                                                             

Trained Reviewer & Mentor for the Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellowship                                      

Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, HEA  (SFHEA- in progress)

European Entrepreneurship Colloquium (EEC); 1 week residential in experiential learning for enterprise educators    

Active Member of the Enterprise Educators UK (EEUK) Network                                                       

Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute


Entrepreneurship and society : providing learners with a social lens on entrepreneurship
Simmons Emilee Lauran
How to Become an Entrepreneur in a Week The Value of 7-Day Entrepreneurship Courses (2020) (2020)
Evolution in business simulations : a review of the SimVenture Evolution platform (www.simventure.co.uk), created by Paul and Peter Harrington
Simmons Emilee L
Academy of Management Learning and Education Vol 16 (2017)
Global Classrooms : creating international collaborative initiatives
SIimmons Emilee L, D'Angelo Dana C, Cataline Jodi
Unplugging from the Classroom Teaching with Technologies to Promote Students' Lifelong Learning (2017) (2017)
Creating Global Classrooms
Simmons Emilee Lauran, D'Angelo Dana, Cataline Jodi
Online Classrooms Vol 17, pp. 2-6 (2017)

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For the past six years I've taught in and around Entrepreneurship, but before this I also taught for four years in the visual and performaning arts.  Below are some key areas across my expertise and interests:

Pre-Higher Education

2006-2010, I was the lead educator for SharedEarth, a Yorkshire-based Social Enterprise and Retailer. Working with local schools to promote ethics and social enterprise initiatives across Yorkshire, but in particular the Leeds and West Yorkshire areas. 

'Starting a Business' MOOC (massive open online course) - one of six University of Leeds academics leading on one of the institutions first MOOCs; geared towards 16-17 year olds and to support FE teachers in enterprise education. 



Currently: Director of Undergraduate Studies for Strathclyde Business School. In this role, I look after all of the Undergraduate degree programmes.

Global Classroom Initative - working with international partners, global classrooms provide an international experience for our students without having to leave the classroom, let alone the country. These are similiar to 'virtual exchanges', and for 6 years I've partnered with Drexel University to create a 5-Year strategic programme to build global classsrooms into the cirriculum. We've also worked with other partners, including: University of Amsterdam and the Berlin School of Economics. 

Various modules created and delivered around New Venture Creation, Creativity & Innovation and Social Enterprise. 

2018 and 2019 - Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence (Leeds University Business School)


Post-Graduate Taught


  • MG833: Technology and Organisational Change - a core module for the MSc Project Management and Innovation students. Through an active learning approach, students learn the fundamentals of technology management and organisational change.  Assessments included: group technology map and then a final assignment that was a detailed analysis report to a CEO on changes needed to stay competitive in that chosen industry
  • MG983: New Venture Creation (MBA - part-time) - this is an elective module for our MBA students. On this module I look after our part-time MBA students.  This year it was delivered online, but with a continued experiential approach to support our students 'practicing' entrepreneurship and building their skills. 

Previously delivered and redeveloped modules in Contemporary Challenges in Entrepreneurship and Enterprise and Society. These were based again on active learning and blended approaches.  Contemporary Challenges invited celebrated reserachers in Enterpreneurship from around the world to give an inspirational workshop to introduce students to topics such as: artificial intelligence; gender; born-global; open innovation. Enterprise and Society introduced students to Social Enterprise, by giving them skills in consultancy and getting them to provide free business support to local charities (how they could become social enterprises) and social enterprises to support a sustainable income stream. 

For non-business students, I delivered a course on business models and commericialisation for a BioPharmaceutical Masters.

Masters and MBA research project supervisor - supervised over 50 individual masters projects and dissertations on a range of topics from leadership to highly effective teams through to business growth and new venture creation. 


Post-Graduate Reserach


  • Co-Supervisor on a PhD project around Entrepreneurship Education and Regional Policies

I have delivered teaching to PGRs in non-busienss subjects to support their entrepreneurial mindset. This includes giving a commericialisation course to PGRs across STEM and Engineering subjects as part of a CPD course. 

For 4 years I also developed and delivered a Teaching Training programme for PGRs to support them into teaching. This was delivered in a year long programme of workshops, events and 1-2-1 mentoring and support. 


Executive Education


  • Educational Lead for Goldman Sach's 10,000 Women Leader's Programme - delivering webinars for the 8,000+ leaders and developing new materials for the online courses


I have also been involved in various executive level learning and training opportunities. This has included:

  • Co-delivery in 2018 and 2019 of the Scotland Can Do Scale Summer School alongside Professor Bill Aulet, Director of the Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship at MIT
  • Module Leader on Professional Practic & Change Management in the Arts, Cultural and Heritage SEctors - delivering an experiential and reflective learning course aimed at fundraisers on the Arts Fundraising and Philanthrophy Fellows (Arts Council England funded)
  • Co-delivery of the 5-day National Summer School for Philanthrophy and Fundraising in the Arts (Arts Council England Funding)
  • MOOC for fundraisers in any sector, called Leadership Fundraising and Philanthropy 


Research interests

My current research interests are in:

  • Pedagogy - active learning, blened learning, teambased and problem-based learning
  • Business Development and Growth - particularly in Social Enterprise and sustainable business growth

Professional activities

Disabilities in the Classroom: Best Practices for Improving Accessibility and Learning
LeBow College of Business, Drexel University
Visiting researcher

More professional activities


Scotland Can Do Scale: Summer School
Simmons, Emilee Lauran (Co-investigator) Aulet, Bill (Co-investigator)
Co-Educator for the Scale Up Scotland Summer School alongside Professor Bill Aulet, Director of the Martin Trust at MIT; a 4 day intensive learning programme to support scaling businesses across Scotland.
13-Jan-2018 - 06-Jan-2019
Goldman Sach's 10,000 Women Leaders Programme
Simmons, Emilee Lauran (Principal Investigator)
Lead Educator for the creation and delivery of the live webinar series for the GS 10k Leaders programme. This has also included creating addition educational resources for the online courses as well.

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Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship
Cathedral Wing

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