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Dr Marcus Astley

I am Head of the School of Business and Management and the Course Leader for our MBA and MSc. Management programmes. I have developed and delivered modules and courses on Leadership, Strategy, People Management and HR specialisms including Cross Cultural Management and Employee Engagement.

I hold two External Examiner roles with other business schools.

I am an Enterprise Adviser on behalf of the CIPD, supporting school leadership teams with their careers offering.

I was previously a Senior Lecturer at Guildhall School of Business and Law (GSBL – part of London Metropolitan University) and before that a sessional lecturer at Oxford Brookes University.

I have a PhD in organisational change.

Prior to my academic career I enjoyed a 25-year career in business, working in the UK and Switzerland. This included more than a decade running my own recruitment business with, at its peak, an annual turnover of £4.2 million.


I am deeply passionate about teaching, consistently securing positive feedback for my sessions and for the examples of international business practice that I provide based on my first-hand experience.

I am fascinated by entrepreneurship. At GSBL, I was the facilitator and an expert speaker on the Help to Grow Business (H2GB) programme. H2GB was designed by the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) for leadership development of MDs in SMEs.

I am a Trustee of the Coach Ali Foundation, a charity aiming to widen access to sport to young people from all backgrounds and train basketball coaches and referees of the future.

Qualifications, Affiliations and Memberships

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Academic Associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (Assoc CIPD)
  • Advanced HE Online Professional Development Course for External Examiners.
  • Dip. M CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing)
  • Member of the British Academy of Management (BAM) and presenter of research at BAM annual conferences in 2016 and 2021.

Research and Publications

  • “Inclusive approaches to developing assessment models” Investigations in university teaching and learning, vol. 13 summer 2022, ISSN 1740-5106.
  • Astley, M. and Cherkashyna, O. (2021). Developing Diversity Strategies using HR Analytics.
  • “Blockchain Technology: a potential enabler of dynamic capabilities?” (A BAM Developmental Paper for the BAM September 2016 Annual Conference, co-authored by Marcus Astley and Dean Bartlett.)
  • “Organisational Agility: Implications for progressive leadership”. Marcus Astley, Dean Bartlett, Pete Burden, Linda Holbeche, Chris Rodgers, Sharon Varney, Rob Warwick. February 2016 Progressive Leadership White Paper Series (ISSN 2396-8591).
  • “Orchestrated stakeholder dialogue: its place in dynamic capability theory and its practical value for business”. Marcus Astley, 2015. Thesis submitted for PhD: London Metropolitan University.
Dr Marcus Astley

Head of School of Business and Management

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