Director of Undergraduate Studies
York Business School
T: +44 (0)1904 876815
Qualifications: FHEA | DBA (estimated completion 2017) | MA Professional Development | Certificate in Education | Postgraduate Certificate in Education Management | BA(Hons) Economics with Accountancy | D32/33/34 (V1 update) | NVQ Level 4 Key Skill Unit: Improving Own Learning and Performance.
I am responsible for the management of all undergraduate awards within York Business School.
I have spent eighteen years teaching and managing within the Higher Education and Further Education Sectors, including Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool Hope University, Edge Hill University, and the University of Chester.
I have held strategic and operational responsibility for large teams of staff and substantial budgets within two Further Education Colleges. I am experienced in performance management, recruitment and selection, and manpower planning.
During the recent years I worked on the validation of a number of degree programmes for delivery here at York St John University and overseas.
At present I teach across the full range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes we offer within York Business School, and am working towards my doctorate.
I have a broad spectrum of teaching experience across a range of disciplines. I currently deliver across the portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
At present I lead on the Research Methods modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. I am Module Director for Designing a Research Project (Year 2 Undergraduate), Dissertation (Year 3 Undergraduate) and Researching Contemporary Business Issues (Postgraduate). I also teach in the area of Organisational Behaviour, Organisational Development and Human Resource Management.
I have previously taught across a range of modules at a number of HEIs and FECs
I also supervise dissertations at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
My main research interests are within Education Management focussing on the FE (Adult and HE) and HE Sectors, around the psychological contract and organisational behaviour. I am also interested in student motivation and approaches to learning.
I am currently working towards my doctorate in the area of the psychological contract and academics.
I am a member of the Regional Board (North East, Yorkshire and Humberside) of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). In this role I seek to influence management and leadership development across the region to help improve business performance and operational effectiveness and efficiency in local, regional, national and international organisations.
I hold membership of a number of professional bodies related to academia and professional practice, which I incorporate into the curriculum.
- British Academy of Management (BAM) – Member
- Organisation Behaviour Teaching Society (OBTS) – Member
- British Education Leadership Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) – Member
- Chartered Management Institute (CMI) – Member (MCMI)
- University Forum for Human Resource Development (UFHRD) – University Representative
- Higher Education Academy (HEA) – Fellow (FHEA)
- Economics, Business and Enterprise Association (EBEA) – Member
- Former member of the Irish Academy of Management
I undertake external examining at three institutions within the UK and have been the external panel member at the validation of awards of a number of UK Universities including collaborative provision with international partners.
I have previously worked in conjunction with a range of employers and employer groups including York NHS Hospital Trust, the National Skills Academy for Financial Services, Warrington Borough Council, Warrington Chamber of Commerce, and the OMEGA Development Group. I have worked with a local Business start up (Brewery) and was part of the organising committee of a local beer festival (Coptoberfest)
I was responsible for devising and writing a range of module sets for the Ascentis Awarding Body’s Access to HE (Business) Diploma. These module sets are now available to all providers validated by Ascentis.
I work with a number of bodies to review academic work. These include
- Studies in Higher Education since 2016
- International Journal of Management Education since 2015
- Management Research Review since 2015
- Journal of Management Development since 2014
- Journal of Further and Higher Education since 2014
- Business and Management Education in HE: An International Journal since 2013
Conference Paper Reviewer
- British Academy of Management Conference
- Organisational Psychology Track papers – 2014, 2015 & 2016
- Leadership & Leadership Development Track papers – 2012 & 2014
- Academy of Human Resource Development Conference 2014, 2015 & 2016
- Reviewer – Lee, L. and Lings, I (2011) Doing Business Research: A guide to theory and practice. London. Sage. on behalf of Sage Publications Ltd
- Reviewer – Wilson, J. (new) An Introduction to Business Research. Sage. on behalf of Sage Publications Ltd
- Reviewer – Rees, G. and Smith, P.E. (eds) (2014). Strategic Human Resource Management: An International Perspective. 4th Ed. London. Sage. on behalf of Sage Publications Ltd
- Reviewer – Easterby-Smith, M., Thorpe, R., and Jackson, P. (2012). Management Research. 4th Ed. London. Sage. on behalf of Sage Publications Ltd
- Reviewer – Mulhearn, C. and Vane, H.R. (2012). Economics for Business. 2nd Ed. Basingstoke. Palgrave on behalf of MacMillan Publishers Ltd
- Johnston, A (2016) Motivation and the academic – where the drivers sit. Journal of Management Development. Vol 35. Iss 6. pp 765-777.
- Johnston, A. (2014) Rigour in Research: Theory in the Research Approach. European Business Review. Vol. 26, No. 3. pp 206-217.
- Johnston, A. (2011) The Role of Scholarly Activity in the Development of a HE in FE Culture. MA Dissertation. Unpublished. University of Huddersfield.
- Johnston, A. (2002) A Response to the Council for Excellence in Management and Leadership. Unpublished. Warrington Collegiate.
- Noel, P. (Ed) with Dearing, D., Holmes, J., Johnston, A., Quick, U. and Salter, S. (2009) Sustainability Project (2008-09) TQEF 4a: Developing HE tutors within the FE Sector. Unpublished. University of Huddersfield.
- Nachmias, S., Johnston, A. and Meade, C. (2015) Migrant Workers and Human Resources Development Practices in the Hotel Sector: A case of Cyprus. University Forum for Human Resource Development. Cork, 3-5 June 2015.
- Johnston, A. (2014) Are they ready? Approaches to learning of International Students progressing directly onto Honours level provision. Society for Research into Higher Education: Newer Researchers Conference. Newport, 9th December 2014.
- Johnston, A. (2014) Carry on in academia: The Psychological Contract Literature so far … Futures Seminar. York St John University, 12 November 2014.
- Johnston, A. (2014) Psychological Contract and Organisation fit: A symbiotic relationship? British Academy of Management Annual Conference. Belfast, 9-11 September 2014.
- Johnston, A. (2014) Motivation and the Academic. Irish Academy of Management Annual Conference. Limerick, 4-5 September 2014.
- Johnston, A. (2014) Developing HE tutors within the FE sector: The role of CPD, Scholarship and Research within Mixed Economy Colleges. University Forum for Human Resource Development. Edinburgh, 4-6 June 2014.
- Johnston, A. (2013) Academics’ Psychological Contract and Discretionary Effort: A Review of the Literature. Society for Research into Higher Education: Newer Researchers Conference. Newport, 10th December 2013.
- Johnston, A. (2013) Academics’ Psychological Contract and Discretionary Effort. BAM Doctoral Symposium, Research Conversation. Liverpool, 9th September 2013.
- Johnston, A. (2013) Developing Scholarly Activity to create a culture of HE in FE. School of Education: Research Conference, University of Huddersfield, 6th March, 2013
- Johnston, A. (2011) Developing Scholarly Activity to create a culture of HE in FE. Teaching & Learning Conference, York College, July, 2011
- Johnston, A. and Dearing, D. (2010) Assessment Practice in HE in FE. Teaching & Learning Conference, York College, July, 2010
- Johnston, A. and Dearing, D. (2009) Delivering HE in FE. Teaching & Learning Conference, York College, July, 2009
- Johnston, A. and Rahmani, H. (2000) Integrating Commons Skills into the HNC/D. Regional Network Conference, University of Central Lancashire, November, 2000
- Johnston, A. (2000), Introducing Key Skills 2000. College Conference, Hugh Baird College, February, 2000
- Johnston, A. (2016) review of “Raelin JA (ed.) Leadership-as-practice: Theory and application, Routledge: Abingdon, 2016.” In Management Learning. (In press)
- Johnston, A. (2013) The Psychological Contract and The Academic: A Review of the Literature. Society for Research into Higher Education: Newer Researchers Conference. Newport, 10th December 2013.
- Sustainability Project (2008-09) TQEF 4a: Developing HE tutors within the FE Sector. School of Education and Professional Development. University of Huddersfield.
- Education and work-ready young people. (Radio York, 2012, March 23)
- Reflections on the budget and impact on Warrington. (Wire FM, 2002, April 18)