Dr. Derek Watson is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, founder of the Faculty ‘Business Clinic’ and the Doctoral lead for the University’s ‘Research Fridays’ programme and has rich experience of mapping skills requirements in emerging sectors. Dr. Watson has extensive links and networks as a result of sourcing and embedding external engagement opportunities across the curriculum, with an international portfolio of clients and contacts, such as the British Cabinet Office, Indian Government Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Dubai Police and Canon International.
His research focuses on academic-industry collaboration, investigating the impact of knowledge exchange on practice in both the classroom and the workplace. He actively documenting his consultancy experience via international academic journals and has delivered lectures and seminars at universities and symposiums on a global scale. He has been appointed on the editorial board for the ‘International Journal of Academic Research in Management’. Dr. Watson is also a Doctoral External Examiner, academic reviewer of several international journals and currently employed as ‘External Examiner’ for Staffordshire University DBA programmes in Business & Law. In addition, a Visiting Professor at Sias Business School and Sias Academy for Open Innovation at Sias International University in China and Senior Research Fellow at the Cyprus Business School, Cyprus.