Staff profile: David Roberts

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University of Wolverhampton Business School


Principal Consultant - Applied Research & Development

Contact details

Direct line: 01902 321728

Mobile:  07973 531863



University of Wolverhampton
Faculty of Social Sciences
MN 119, Arthur Storer Building (MN)
City Campus North


David has a background in industry, having being involved in learning and development for over 15 years as an L&D manager. He also has experience in finance including business planning and sales, having been a National Sales Manager in the vehicle leasing industry.

David’s academic interests are exploring the ‘contested space’ between academia and practice. With a first degree in Economics, he returned to the University of Wolverhampton and completed an MSc (Human Resource Development and Organisational Change) with distinction.

The current role is varied and involves identifying opportunities for the Business School to engage with external organisations to improve performance through designing management, change and leadership development programmes in addition to professional courses validated key bodies including the CMI and ILM. This activity helps to ensure that regional organisations in both the private and public sector can survive, compete and grow in a tough economic climate.

Previously he was seconded to manage and co-ordinate the activities of the Wolverhampton Business Solutions Centre, a joint venture with the City Council, University, College and Chamber of Commerce.

He maintains a keen interest delivering programmes and in teaching at various levels. Key skills include programme design, delivery and  negotiation; marketing;  project management; coaching and personal development.

David is a Chartered CIPD member and holds a number of professional qualifications in HR development, leadership, management, finance and teaching - a balance of qualification and experience.

Academic qualifications

  • 2010 Post Graduate Certificate – Learning & Teaching in Higher Education
  • 2009 Diploma to Teach in Lifelong Learning Sector (Warwick University)
  • 2008 MSc Human Resource Development & Organisational Change (Distinction)
  • 2007 PG Diploma HR Development
  • 2006 PG Certificate Human Resources 
  • 2000 CIPD Certificate in Training Practice
  • 1990 CIMA Management Accountant

Teaching interests

  • Employee Learning and Development
  • Leadership and Management
  • CPD and work based projects
  • Masters Human Resource Development and Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma & Certificate HRM/D
  • CMI Programme Director for the Business School

Corporate and community engagement

Business Engagement activities include:

  • Hill & Smith Holdings plc    
  • ZF Lemforder Group
  • B’ham & Solihull NHS MH FT
  • Shropshire Housing Group
  • Lombard Vehicle Management
  • Carters Thermal Industries
  • Goodyear Dunlop CMS Programme
  • Mann + Hummel
  • Signet Jewelers
  • Teach First

Community engagement

  • Treasurer of Village Fundraising Committee
  • Previously School Governor and Chair of Village Fundraising Committee

Professional body membership and roles

  • Chartered Member - Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
  • Fellow Institute of Training & Occupational Learning
  • Fellow Higher Education Academy
  • Member of Institute of Leadership and Management
  • Member Chartered Institute of Management

Selected publications

Felce, A. & Stevens, S. & Roberts, D. (2016) ‘Work-based skills development: A context-engaged approach’ Higher Education, Skills & Work-Based Learning. Vol 6 Issue:3,pp 261 – 276