My PhD


My PhD is officially entitled 'Graduate Entrepreneurial Learning'.

However I prefer to think of it a 'Great Expectations' reflecting the high hopes of creative graduates starting up in business.

 It is a longitudinal study of the development of nascent graduate entrepreneurs (NAGRENTS) in the creative sector.


The aim of the research is to provide an insight into the ways that NAGRENTS develop. The research will investigate three threads which are proving to be strongly inter-related – the development of their business, their personal life, and their 'art'.

The research focuses on graduates from 'creative' degree subjects, starting a business in the the creative sector, and the practical aim is to be able to recommend ways that such graduates can be helped to achieve their entrepreneurial ambitions.

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I am doing the PhD part-time at the Teesside University Business School (TUBS) and am delighted to be supervised by and Jonathan Scott (Reader in International Business Environment & Global Economics) and Prof Mark Davies, Professor of Marketing.


Dr Jenny Naish (Assistant Dean: Partnerships) was my superviser at the start but has moved to York St John University as the Dean of the Business School

Dr John Blenkinsopp (Assistant Dean: Research) was my Director of Studies at the start but has moved to the Hull University Business School as Head of Organisational Behaviour/HRM