Staff profile: William Scarff

Photo  William Scarff
Role Senior Lecturer, Department of Human Resources & Leadership
Contact  Direct line:01902 323684



Senior Lecturer, now part time, with extensive experience of course leadership and teaching across the range of courses from the Foundation Degree in Business and Management to the full time MBA. Formerly a librarian in the University with overseas work experience in Saudi Arabia, I have developed interests in general management, level 4 skills development, business ethics and corporate social responsibility. Best known for leading, developing and delivering a mega module in corporate social responsibility and ethics to level 6 students over 10 years. Have taught the module in Hong Kong and Sri Lanka. And have contributed to the business ethics theme in the International Project Week in  Metropolia University Helsinki from 2012            

Academic qualifications
  • Successful completion of LEAD programme October 2008
  • Diploma in Human Resource Development, University of Wolverhampton / CIPD
  • MA Manager and Human Resource Development, University of Central England
  • Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE, University of Wolverhampton, SEDA
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education, University of Wolverhampton
  • Diploma in Management Studies, The Polytechnic, Wolverhampton/CNAA
  • Diploma in Librarianship, College of Librarianship, Wales
  • BA (Hons) History, Lancaster University, grade 2.2
Teaching interests   Corporate Social Responsibility Business ethics and general management    
Corporate and community engagement
  • Mentor to the KTP programmes for 6 years until 2009, giving independent support to UWBS  partnerships.
Professional body membership and roles

Fellow Higher Education Academy 

Research interests
  • Aesthetic labour: realities and difficulties 
  • Knowledge transfer across international boundaries 
  • The future of CSRcsr and ethics
  • British naval history 1930 to 1955
External academic roles

None at present, but previously with the University of Greenwich and Regents College London

Selected publications


‘Learning to Capitalise on Moments of Truth’, Professional Manager May 1997

‘Blowing the Whistle on bad practice at work’, Professional Manager May 1996


Ethical aspects of aesthetic labour, and links to an earlier concept: sprezzatura. Where next?

9th International Conference on Human Resource Development across Europe, Lille 21-23 May 2008

Mentoring: the knowledge transfer partnership experience in the University of Wolverhampton Business School

9th International Conference on Human Resource Development across Europe, Lille 21-23 May 2008

‘Going in search of culture and ethics: a Romanian case study’. The Ethical Organisation: Management Governance and Accountability Conference Edinburgh April 2004 

‘The essential problem with business ethics is that it doesn’t work in a business context. Can the HR professional act as a moral agent with the organisation?’ The Challenge of Business Ethics Conference Cambridge 2003

‘Can the HR professional act as a moral change agent within the organisation?’ UWBS Working Paper 2003

‘The emergent HRD Role: Deception or Opportunity?’ HRM in a Changing World Conference, Oxford Brookes University 2002

'Studying Business Ethics by Distance Learning', Conference, London Business School 1995