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Dennis started at Huddersfield in 1998 as a lecturer and then progressed to a senior lecturer. After spending some time involved with part-time provision he gradually developed an interest in the student experience and was appointed first year tutor for the Business programmes in 2002. Retention in the first year of the programme was poor and this was the catalyst which led to his interest in student retention, and ultimately to his completion of a doctoral thesis in 2012. Between 2005 and 2008 the Business programme had one of the highest year 1 to year 2 retention rates in the university, and the improvements equated to a saving of around £100,000 in lost fees.
1994-1997 Lancaster University. Position: ESRC Management Teaching Fellow
1988-1992 Courtaulds Textiles. Position: Project/Industrial Engineer. Lead project to introduce cellular working using TQM and JIT principles. Achieved major reductions in lead times and improvement in quality.
1986-1987 Provident Financial group. Position: Section Manager. Developed performance monitoring system for agents and an electronic data amangement system.
1979-1985 Beecham Plc (Coca Cola Bottlers S&N). Position: Production Manager. Introduced group working and job enrichment system resulting in incresase in productivity, and a drop in labour turnover and absenteism.
2007-2012 University of Huddersfield- EdD.(Part time). (Pass without ammendments)
2001-2002 University of Manchester :PG Diploma in Ancient World Studies. Pass
1993-1994 Keele University: MBA (Full time). (pass with distinction)
1992-1993 Huddersfield University: PGCE(FE) (Full time). Pass
1982-1987 Liverpool Polytechnic (LJMU): Ba(Hons) Business Studies (Part time). Class 2:1
Membership of Professional bodies
My current research focuses on the way in which institutional change especially at an operational level can effect improvements in the student experience and in retention. The main focus is on what happens in classrooms because this is often the only engagement that many of our students have with university. I have also had a long standing interest in performance measurement and application, and also in the concepts of process thinking and business process reengineering, and how operations can be used to gain competitive advantage. I view both of these areas of interest as contributing to the effectiveness of the institution and at the same time enhancing the quality of the student experience. This is particularly important in the current context of HE as the environment becomes more competitive. My current research covers student retention, the valuation of HE and the impact of fees and the use of group based learning in the classroom.
Current papers in production
A logitudinal study of student disengagement in the first year of University.
Submission target 2016
Evidence for the uptake and impact of academic skills support on the performance and retention of first year undergraduates. (With Dr D.Allcock)
Submission target 2018
Changing the Institution to Improve Retention: A classroom Approach.
Submission target 2018
Brooks, R. and Duty, D. (2016) ‘Ten tips to help students become more employable’ The Conversation . ISSN 2044-5032
Duty, D. and Analoui, B. (2016) ‘Students' experience of Working in Diverse Engineered Groups: Panacea or Pandora's Box?’. In: University Forum for Human Resource Development, 8th -10th June 2016, Manchester Metropolitan University
Duty, D (2015) ‘Retention-What Really works?’. In: Annual Retention Forum, September 17th 2015, The Business School
Duty, D (2011) Seven years at the coal-face: the retention phenomenon through the lens of a year tutor Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.
Duty, D (2010) ‘The use of information technology and social media to support transition’. In: 5th Annual Student Retention and Progression Conference, 20th April 2010, The Bloomsbury Hotel, London W1
Duty, D (2010) ‘Its not them its us: Adapting the institution to enhance student success and improve retention’. In: What Works? Student Retention and Success, Wednesday 28th & Thursday 29th March 2010, University of York, UK
Duty, D (2006) ‘From Non-Traditional to Individual: looking beyond the stereotypes by developing a systematic approach to first year retention and progression’. In: Student Retention, Progression and Social Inclusion, 1st - 2nd September 2006, Bath Spa Univiserty
Duty, D (1999) ‘Design of an integrated throughput based control and information system for a medium sized textile manufacturer’. In: Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Stimulating Manufacturing Excellence in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMESME). Plymouth: Plymouth: Manufacturing and Business Systems Research Group, University of Plymouth. pp. 271-281. ISBN 1841020354
2002-2004 Motorworks. The Old School House, Meltham Mills Raod, Holmfirth. HD9 4AT
Acted as support academic in a project to modernise the company IT system covering all major business functions. Successfully completed.
Dennis is currently the year 2 tutor on the Business Management programmes and also the final year dissertation coordinator.
I currently teach Research Methods on the second year of the Business Management Degree. My focus is on equipping students with the ability to effectively carry out an independent research project/dissertation in their final year. As part of my role as dissertation/project coordinator I also teach an introductory module for final year students on the research process.