Portrait of  Joanne Blake Joanne Blake

j.blake@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473097


Position: Senior Lecturer, Department of Management
Qualifications: BSc, MSc, PCPD, PGCE, FHEA


Joanne is a member of the HR subject team and has teaching responsibilities across undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses.


Work Experience

2009 to date – The Business School, University of Huddersfield

2008-2009 Network Manager – The Training Gateway, University of York
Managing a HEFCE funded Employer Engagement Project to support Universities in working closely with commercial businesses. With this role, Joanne managed a 1500 member national CPD Network, co-ordinated and led network conferences and facilitated workshops and events. Additionally, Joanne attended national and international exhibitions to promote services to HR Managers and training buyers in the UK and overseas.

2006-2008 Senior Research Fellow, University of Huddersfield
Joanne took the lead research to investigate the nature and incidence of undergraduate’s part time employment leading to the introduction of work based learning modules on undergraduate programmes. Part of the work also resulted in developing progression to HE from non-traditional and work based routes, engaging with employers to provide credited and non-credited courses.
Joanne also developed a range of material such as a reflective practice guide including a skills audit tool kit.

2004-2006 Senior Lecturer, University of Huddersfield
Joanne taught on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses having module leadership responsibilities for Organisational Behaviour, Personal Development and Creativity, Management Skills and Personal Development, Managing People and Performance.

Research and Scholarship

Joanne is currently undertaking a PhD in Consumer Behaviour.

Joanne is also interested in Employer Branding and the use of marketing tools in HR.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Davies, J. and Blake, J. (2017) ‘Higher education is being turned upside down at completely the wrong timeThe Conversation . ISSN 2044-5032


Blake, J. and Brooks, R. (2012) ‘Current perspectives on embedding employability into the curriculum’. In: Association of Business Schools 'Innovation in Challenging Times', 24th- 25th April 2012, Manchester, UK


Blake, J. and Worsdale, G. (2009) ‘Incorporating the learning derived from part-time employment into undergraduate programmes: experiences from a business schoolJournal of Further and Higher Education , 33 (3), pp. 191-204. ISSN 0309-877X

Drake, J., Blake, J. and Swallow, W. (2009) ‘Employer engagement: the critical role of employee commitmentEducation + Training , 51 (1), pp. 23-42. ISSN 0040-0912


Blake, J. and Summers, E. (2007) ‘Making Sandwich Placements Count Within Hudderfield University Business School’. In: ASET Conference, UWIC September 2007, September 2007, Cardiff, Wales , pp. 57-67

Blake, J. and Bishop, G. (2007) Reflective practice: Guide and Workbook for Undergraduates Huddersfield, UK: University of Huddersfield

Bishop, G. and Blake, J. (2007) Reflective practice: A Guide to Reflective Practice with Workbook: For post graduate and post experience learners Huddersfield, UK: University of Huddersfield

Research Degree Supervision

Current PhD supervisions:

  • The influence of organisational culture on servant leadership
  • Cross cultural training frameworks for expats working in Libya

Enterprise Activities

Joanne has taught on a number of courses developed in collaboration with employers.

Administrative Responsibilities

Joanne is course leader for the MA International HRM course which attracts students from around the world.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Current Module Leadership


  • People Resourcing, Managing Human Resources and Personal Development


  • CIPD Resourcing and Talent Management, Professional Competencies for HR


Previous Module Leadership


  • Organisational Behaviour, Personnel Skills, Managing People and performance, Future Work & Management Leisure, Managing in a Changing World
  • Personal Development and Creativity, Professional Development Planning


  • International HRM
  • CIPD Professional Development 1 & 2

Other Teaching and Professional Activities

  • 2005- to date Reviewer for the Journal of Further and Higher Education
  • 2013 - to date Reviewer for Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning

Professional Memberships

  • FHEA