Ms Karen Bill

Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise

Email address: Phone number: 01902 32 1000 Location: Wasall Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Faculty Areas of expertise: Enterprise Education in HE / Emotional Intelligence / Equality and Diversity in HE


Karen Bill is Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise in the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing at the University of Wolverhampton where she has responsibility for leading research and enterprise. In 2008 she was admitted as an Entrepreneurship Education Fellow by the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education (NCEE) and was appointed as a Knowledge Transfer Fellow at her previous University. She is presently Chair of Enterprise Educators UK which is a membership organisation with over 100 university and college institutional members

She is also the Institutional Athena Swan Director leading the University Bronze reaccreditation and Silver department awards to support the ADDD

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Research interests

  • Enterprise Education and Knowledge Transfer in HE (environment and career pathways)
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Research environment in HE

Membership of professional bodies

  • Full Member of the Institute of Knowledge Transfer (MInstKTI)
  • EQ-i 2.0 and EQ360 Certification Program
  • International Entrepreneurship Educator Fellow, National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship
  • Prince 2 Project Management Practitioner Qualification


  • International Entrepreneur Educators Programme, National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship (PG level)
  • Law Degree, Common Professional Examination (CPE) – Staffordshire University
  • PGCE (FAHE), University of Wolverhampton                                                                               
  • 1990 – Further Education Adult Teachers Certificate 730, City and Guilds
  • MSc Recreation Management, Loughborough University
  • BA Sports Studies (with Commendation), West Sussex Institute of Higher Education



  • Bill, K. (2014) abstract accepted at ISBE conference in Manchester 11-12th November 2014. The emotional intelligence and emotional regulation of graduates on a business start-up programme
  • Bill, K & Wang, Y. (2013) Examining Entrepreneurs performance using a role based performance scale. Practice paper presented at the ISBE conference in Cardiff, 12-13 November, 2013
  • Bill, K (2013) How am I doing? Providing a means to gauge student start-up performance. Paper presented at the International Entrepreneurship Educator Conference, Sheffield, 11-12th September 2013
  • Bill, K. (2012) An evaluation of the Uber-experiential, HE experiences of Nascent sport entrepreneurs. Peer Review Academic Paper presented at the ISBE conference in Dublin, 7-8 November, 2012
  • Bill, K. & Rhoden, C. (2011) Business Support in Sport – Strategy or Serendipity? Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 18(4), 821-832.
  • Bill, K (2011) Book Review: Sport, Physical Recreation and the Law. Managing Leisure. Volume 17. Taylor and Francis
  • West, J., Bill, K. and Martin, L. (2010) What constitutes ethics in sport and exercise science? Research Ethics Review, 6 (4)
  • Bill, K (2010) CD: Video Diaries Graduate Sport Entrepreneurs. Oxford. Higher Education Academy. ISBN: 978-0-9556732-1-4
  • Bill, K (2008) Sports Entrepreneurship Learning and Teaching CD. Oxford. Higher Education Academy. ISBN 978-0-9556732-0-7
  • Martin, L., West, J. and Bill, K. (2008). Incorporating Problem-Based Learning Strategies to Develop Learner Autonomy and Employability Skills in Sports Science Undergraduates. JoHLSTE, 7 (1), 18 – 30
  • Bill, K (2006) ‘Supporting Entrepreneurship: The development of Entrepreneurship Education within UK sport’, NCGE Working Paper Series 026/2006
  • Bill, K and Bowen-Jones, W (2005) Enhancing Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Employability through PDP. (HEA HLST Employability Case-study)
  • Bill, K (May 2005) The prevalence and nature of age discrimination practices in UK sport and recreation organizations. British Association of Sports Law Journal
  • Bill, K & Dr Diann Eley (2003) ‘Dreams and Teams Young Leaders Project’ The final Report. Prepared for the British Council and Youth Sport Trust
  • C Rhodes, K Bill, K Biscomb, A Nevill, S Bruneau (2002) ‘Widening Participation in Higher Education: support at the further education/higher education interface and its impact– a research report’. Journal of Vocational Education and Training, Volume 54, Number 1, 2002)
  • Summerfield, K & White, A (1989) Korfball - A model of Egalitarianism: Sociology of Sport Journal (Vol. 6, No, 2, 1989)

 Conference Presentations

  •  Gutteridge, R, Bill, K & Blake, M. (2015) Management of Knowledge Transfer: Developing promotional career pathways in Enterprise and Knowledge Transfer leadership. International Conference on Innovation through Knowledge Transfer. Institute of Knowledge Transfer. April 2015.
  • Bill, K & Gilder, J. (September 2014) Vitae Researcher Development International Conference, Manchester – workshop on Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers: Building Institutional Capacity in an EU Context)
  • Penaluna, A, Penaluna, K and Bill, K (October 2014) GCEC Conference – Entrepreneurship Everywhere: Understanding Students’ learning and assessment: Distinctions between innovation and implementation evaluation strategies
  • Invited Speaker – Entrepreneurial Leaders Day – Coventry University, (March 2014)
  • Invited Speaker – Institute of Knowledge Transfer, York St John, (February 2014)
  • Bill, K. (2012) An evaluation of the Uber-experiential, HE experiences of Nascent sport entrepreneurs. ISBE conference in Dublin, 7-8 November, 2012.
  • Invited Panel Member - Idea Conference, Boosting entrepreneurship teaching in Europe’. Denmark. (2008)
  • Bill, K, & Dr. Smith, K. (2007) NCGE/UKSEC International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference, Workshop presentation on technology enhanced enterprise education. 10-12 September
  • Bill, K & Rhoden, C. (2007) Business Support in Sport – Strategy or Serendipity? Paper presented at the ISBE conference in Glasgow, November. (Selected for best practice paper)
  • Bill, K. (2007) Staffordshire University – Technology Enhanced Enterprise Education
  • Bill, K. (2006) University of Worcester - KTI Conference. Presentation on the KTI Fellowship/te3 project
  • Bill, K (2006) HEA HLST Pedagogic Research and Development Day – University of Worcester, ‘Workshop on te3 project’
  • Key presenter - Higher National Academy. - ‘Teaching Legal Aspects of Sport and Leisure’ - LTSN for Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism conference, Leeds (2006)
  • Bill, K. (2004) - 10th International Association of Sports Law Scientific Congress in Athens. "The prevalence and nature of age discrimination practices in UK sport and recreation organisations"
  • Keynote Speaker - Sport England, Skills Active and DCMS Conference on ‘21st Century Skills for Sport and Recreation’, - ‘The HE perspective – Graduates and Sport, London (2004)

Previous professional experience

  • Associate Dean Research & Enterprise, School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure. University of Wolverhampton.
  • Principal Lecturer - Enterprise & External Relations                                            
  • Knowledge Transfer Fellow - first appointment in the University
  • Senior Lecturer Sports Management / New Curriculum Development Co-coordinator University of Worcester
  • Principal Lecturer - External Relations and Acting Head of Department  Leisure Industries
  • Senior Lecturer - Subject Head Leisure Management Wolverhampton Polytechnic
  • Section Head, Leisure and Tourism Department. Stourbridge College      
  • Lecturer in Sport and Leisure Studies – Bilston Community College

Further information

  • Reviewer for the Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Education.
  • Reviewer for the International Journal of Management Education.
  • Small Business Charter/Association of Business Schools appointed Enterprise Assessor for UK HEI Business schools – March 2014 - Present