Portrait of Dr Denis Feather Dr Denis Feather

d.feather@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472131



Biography

Position: Senior Lecturer in Organisational Studies, Department of Management
Qualifications: YHCFE, City and Guilds, City and Guilds Advanced, HND, BA, MSc, PGCE/PCET, PG Cert PGR, EdD, IDM, FHEA
Membership of Professional Bodies: SFHEA, MSRHE, FIDM, MFERA

Denis commenced employment with the University of Huddersfield in 2005 as a Senior Lecturer. In that time he has held a number of roles: Member of the Course Evaluation Committee; Year Tutor for Year 2 Business Studies Students; School Champion for the 'Fields Research Journal' for Undergraduate Students; Staff Mentor (inducting new staff into the Department), and Module Leader for a number of modules.

In 2001 Denis returned to education, studying for his PGCE/PCET teaching qualification under the 'government teacher initiative scheme', which was undertaken at the University of Huddersfield. After successfully completing the course of study, Denis gained a full-time position at 'The University Centre' Doncaster – High Melton; in this role his duties included: Head of Year, and Module Leader for 9 modules; here Denis shared his knowledge and experience with his students, where he motivated students to engage with their learning to attain excellent grades, which influenced their overall classification for their chosen degree.

On leaving school, Denis acquired an engineering apprenticeship with GEC Machines Ltd,Bradford in 1975, where he became a 'Crafts Person' skilled in the setting-up and use of various machinery. Denis recognised he had gained a wealth of experience from his work, and from being a 'Shop Steward' for his department, which motivated him to return to education to gain some management qualifications so he could, one day, progress into management. In 1993 he commenced his studies for a HND in Business and Finance at Dewsbury College, where upon completion he was awarded a number of distinctions (7) and merits (5) for his work. This allowed Denis to apply for a Business Administration BA(Hons) degree at the University of Huddersfield. On successfully completing his studies, Denis continued onto the Master's course (part-time), whilst at the same time working as a General Manager for a sales and marketing pharmaceutical company.

Denis' scholastic research interests lie in the study of education institutions as organisations, and how various management concepts such as 'New Performance Management' impact upon the identity of individuals, their motivation, the culture of the organisation, and values and beliefs of individuals. He is also interested in 'Leadership' in particualr the 'Dark side of Leadership'.

Denis recently published the second edition of his book entitled: 'From proposal to thesis: writing an undergraduate dissertation – Revised Edition' (2015). This can be found at: http://www.whiteandmaclean.eu/From-proposal-to-thesis-Revised-edition-paperback/

Research and Scholarship

Current Research Interests:

  • Academic identity;
  • Management Concepts and Theories that impact upon education institutions as organisations;
  • Organisational Culture;
  • Professionalism;
  • Scholarship;
  • Leadership;
  • Dark side of leadership.
     

Other Research Interests:

  • Leadership within Business Schools;
  • Motivation;
  • Management theories and concepts, and their application.
     

Professional Membership:

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy;
  • Member of Society for Research in Higher Education;
  • Member of Further Education Research Association.
     

External Examiner (Doctoral Theses):

EdD – University of Sunderland.

 

Conference Presentations:

  • An investigation into the possible effects of New Performance Management may have on academic identity and culture within Business Schools in Post 1992 Universities – ARPCE 2nd International Conference, Harris Manchester College Oxford, 8th – 10th July 2016.
     
  • The value of the Undergraduate Dissertation: Perceptions of Supervisors – In: Paper presentations of the 2010 University of Huddersfield Annual Learning and Teaching Conference held at the University of Huddersfield 13/09/2010.
     
  • Academic Identities of Business Lecturers delivering HEPs in FEIs – Post-Graduate Research Conference held at the University of Huddersfield 10/06/2006.
     
  • HE in FE: A difference in Culture – Teaching and Learning Conference held at the University of Huddersfield 15/09/2006.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2017

Feather, D (2017) ‘Time! What’s that? You’re joking, I don’t have any!Journal of Further and Higher Education , 41 (5), pp. 706-716. ISSN 0309-877X

2016

Feather, D. and McDermott, K. (2016) ‘An investigation into the possible effects New Performance Management may have on academic identity and culture within Business Schools in Post 1992 Universities’. In: Research in Post-Compulsory Education 2nd International Conference, 8th - 10th July 2016, Harris Manchester College, Oxford

Feather, D (2016) ‘Organisational culture of further education colleges delivering higher education business programmes: developing a culture of ‘HEness’ – what next?Research in Post-Compulsory Education , 21 (1-2), pp. 98-115. ISSN 1359-6748

Feather, D (2016) ‘Defining academic – real or imaginedStudies in Higher Education , 41 (1), pp. 110-123. ISSN 0307-5079

2015

Klapper, R., Feather, D., Refai, D., Thompson, J. and Fayolle, A. (2015) ‘Innovative pedagogy in entrepreneurship; introductionIndustry and Higher Education , 29 (5), pp. 321-325. ISSN 0950-4222

Feather, D (2015) ‘An alternative proposition to Lewis’ 2014 views on the ‘Construction of professional identity in a dynamic higher education sector’Research in Post-Compulsory Education , 20 (3), pp. 324-343. ISSN 1359-6748

2014

Feather, D (2014) ‘Research to improve specialist knowledge: An HE in FE PerspectiveResearch in Post-Compulsory Education , 19 (3), pp. 310-322. ISSN 1359-6748

Feather, D. and McDermott, K. (2014) ‘The role of new doctoral supervisors in Higher Education – A reflective view of literature and experience using two case studiesResearch in Post-Compulsory Education , 19 (2), pp. 165-176. ISSN 1359-6748

Feather, D., Anchor, J. and Cowton, C. (2014) ‘Supervisors' perceptions of the value of the undergraduate dissertationInternational Journal of Management Education , 12 (1), pp. 14-21. ISSN 1472-8117

Feather, D (2014) ‘Professionalism – Just doing a good job!Research in Post-Compulsory Education , 19 (1), pp. 107-118. ISSN 1359-6748

2013

Feather, D (2013) ‘Has Cinderella become so fragmented that she can no longer identify her area of expertise?European Journal of Education , 48 (4), pp. 586-596. ISSN 0141-8211

Feather, D (2013) From proposal to thesis: writing an undergraduate dissertation . : White & MacLean. ISBN 9782930583280

2012

Feather, D (2012) ‘Do lecturers delivering Higher Education in Further Education desire to conduct research?Research in Post-Compulsory Education , 17 (3), pp. 335-347. ISSN 1359-6748

Feather, D (2012) How to write an undergraduate marketing dissertation proposal Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield (Unpublished)

Feather, D (2012) How to write a research methodology for an undergraduate dissertation Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield (Unpublished)

Feather, D (2012) ‘Oh to be a scholar - a HE in FE perpsectiveJournal of Further and Higher Education , 36 (2), pp. 243-261. ISSN 0309-877X

2011

Feather, D (2011) ‘Never mind the quality, take a seat!Research in Post-Compulsory Education , 16 (4), pp. 435-450. ISSN 1359-6748

Anchor, J., Bene�ov�, M., Cowton, C. and Feather, D. (2011) Undergraduate dissertations and student performance in business studies and marketing, 2004-2009: evidence from an English business school Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield (Unpublished)

Feather, D (2011) ‘Culture of HE in FE - exclave or enclave?Research in Post-Compulsory Education , 16 (1), pp. 15-30. ISSN 1359-6748

Feather, D., Anchor, J. and Cowton, C. (2011) ‘The Value of the Undergraduate Dissertation: Perceptions of Supervisors’. In: Paper presentations of the 2010 University of Huddersfield Annual Learning and Teaching Conference. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. pp. 41-56.

2010

Kadembo, E., Jackson, H., Feather, D. and Granata, N. (2010) ‘The branding consultant’s recommendation for the re-branding of Oldham town: Weighing in on the conceptual fit’. In: Academy of Marketing Conference, 6-8 July 2010, Coventry University

Feather, D (2010) How to write an undergraduate marketing dissertation proposal Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield (Unpublished)

Feather, D (2010) ‘A whisper of academic identity: an HE in FE perspectiveResearch in Post-Compulsory Education , 15 (2), pp. 189-204. ISSN 1359-6748

2009

Feather, D (2009) Academic Identities: Voices from the Edge Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

Esteem

  • External Examiner for EdD candidate at Sunderland University.
     
  • Internal Examiner for a number of PhD and DBA Vivas.
     
  • Currently serves on the Editorial Board for the Independent Journal of Management and Production.
     
  • Reviewed a large number of papers for 4, 3, and 2* Journals.
     
  • Denis has reviewed books for publication on various subjects.
     
  • Denis served as a representative for the ‘Teaching and Learning Committee’ University of Huddersfield in reviewing Further Education Colleges within the ‘Consortium’ for the continuation of their services and partnership with the university.
     
  • He served for four years on the Course Evaluation Committee ensuring that quality/policy procedures were being complied with on various programmes within the Business School at the University of Huddersfield.
     
  • Denis was nominated for ‘Fellowship’ of the Institute of Direct Marketing by two of the Directors of the IDM; which was successful.
     
  • He was nominated by students for, and took Joint first prize in the ‘Extra Mile Award’ 2007.
     
  • He was again nominated by students for, and took 3rd Prize in the ‘Extra Mile Award’ 2008.
     
  • Denis has been nominated every year (to present) by students for a ‘Thank You’ award.

Research Degree Supervision

Denis currently supervises a number of PhD students:

One student is looking at the ‘The Flipped Classroom: The Usefulness of Flipped Learning in a Higher Education Setting’.

The other student is reading around the subject of: ‘To explore the challenges International Students face when communicating in a second language in Higher Education’.

Denis has recently taken on another PGR candidate who is looking at: ‘A Study on Job Satisfaction between Public and Private Universities in Da Nang City – Vietnam’.

Denis welcomes applications from students who are interested in Universities as organisations; Academic Identities; Managment; Leadership; Culture, Motivation, and the Dark Side of Leadership, Organisational analysis, and Research Methods.

 

PhD Completions:

  • Dr Mohamed Ethabi – Title: ‘Inclusive Education Management: Disability, Culture, and Teaching in Lybia’ (2016).
  • Dr Ernest Kadembo – Title: ‘The branding consultant’s recommendations for the re-branding of Oldham town: Weighing in on the conceptual fit’. (2010).

Administrative Responsibilities

Denis is presently one of the Business School Champions for the Fields Undergraduate Journal.

He is presently Year 2 Tutor for the Business Studies Programmes, and leads a number of modules, with incumbent administrative duties attached.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Denis currently teaches the following modules:

Management Research Methods; Dissertation Work Shop.