Portrait of Dr Dennis Duty Dr Dennis Duty

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d.duty@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472283


Position: Senior Lecturer, Department of Management
Qualifications: BA, MBA, PGCE, EdD, FHEA


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.

Previous employment

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

  • FHEA
  • Associate member of the intitute of Operations Management
  • Memeber of the Society for research into Higher Education
  • Member of CMI (Chartered management institute)

Research and Scholarship

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

Ongoing Research

  • Exploring Student Perceptions of Group work in Tutor Organised Groups (With Dr B.Analoui)
  • The impact of fees on student expectations and behaviour (With R.Brooks)

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Duty, D. and Brooks, R. (2017) ‘This is how to stop students dropping out of universityThe Conversation . ISSN 2044-5032


Brooks, R. and Duty, D. (2016) ‘Ten tips to help students become more employableThe 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) ‘It’s not them it’s 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


  • Interview for Times Higher Education. 29th July 2005. Improve Staying power. Reported on the student support system developed at Huddersfield.
  • 2006 Achieved “Going the extra mile” award for student support
  • Member of the steering group for Higher Education Institutional Research
  • Nominated in student thank you awards in 2013 and 2014

Research Degree Supervision


  • Saad Zighan (2nd Supervisor). “Servitisation Strategy in a Jordanian Estates Company”
  • Pacsorn    (2nd Supervisor). “Project Management using gate theory in Thai Desserts industry”


  • 2014 Ben Dehe (2nd Supervisor). “ Exploring the use of structured decision making for infrastructure projects in the Health Sector”

Postgraduate research opportunities with Dr Dennis Duty



Enterprise Activities

Funding bids

  1. January 2008. (Joint with E.Summers & Dr. D.Allcock). University of Huddersfield Teaching and Learning Fund. University of Huddersfield Certification and Accreditation as Training Provision for Association for Project Management. £5000, successful.
  2. September 2003 University of Huddersfield Teaching and learning fund. Development of a Student Support System for Tutor use. Successful £2000

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.

Administrative Responsibilities

Dennis is currently the year 2 tutor on the Business Management programmes and also the final year dissertation coordinator.

Teaching and Professional Activities

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.


Year 2

  • BIO0224-Management Research Methods and Decision making.

Year 3

  • BHO0201-Management Dissertation
  • BHO0200-Management Project.