Michael studied the sociology and psychology of work on the Human Organisations course at Northumbria University, followed by an MSc in European Industrial Relations. Michael also has a PGCE from the Open University
Michael has 12 years experience teaching in Higher Education and is a challenging and interactive lecturer who contributes to the management school ethos of students taking responsibility for their education. Following a long career in management Michael has incorporated the skills he developed in industry with a strong academic background based on theoretical knowledge and critical reading and writing. Taking the best research led academic contributions Michael has developed a strategy of teaching which allows students to explore, evaluate and reflect on theoretical and conceptual ideas through the lens of practical application associated with the wider organisational world.
Michael works on a range of modules in the Management School related to organisational behaviour, industrial relations and human resource management at both undergraduate and MSc level. Michael also has 12 years of supervisory experience of the dissertation process and is responsible for the Management School’s MSc dissertation programme.
Michael’s research interests centre on industrial relations in particular trade unions and specifically how trade unions work with legislation. Currently, this research focuses on the increasing levels of individual legislative statutes which have been introduced in recent years and how trade unions are adapting to working with them.
Michael also works in the area of European industrial relations and has done investigative research for the European Union. He has also had a long standing interest in how adults learn.