Personal profile

Contact Details

Telephone: 0121 204 3439



Karen's education interests include online part-time education, how to successfuly broaden participation with foundation years, and how to support diverse students to study successfully. She also previously led the development of Aston Business School's initial apprenticeships.

She is the Programme Director for a suite of Online, Part-Time, Business and Management MScs. Her teaching interests include Leadership, Change Leadership, Creativity, Decision Making, Motivation, and she has recently added research methods to her portfolio.

Karen is an enthusiastic late-comer to an academic teaching career, able to bring extensive real world experience to her ABS teaching after working for over 20 years in Capgemini (a major IT and Business consulting company) up to Senior Manager level in a variety of roles such as programmer, team leader, project manager, service delivery manager (to a number of clients), bid manager, and international roles in knowledge management, and marketing management.

Teaching Activity

BB0LAM - Leadership and Management (Foundation Year programmes)

BHK430 - Leading Strategically Complex Organisations (Online MBA)

BDK409 - Research Methods for Business Students (Masters / Online)

BDK408/10/12/13/14/15 - Masters Project modules

EM4050 - Human Resources and Change Management (Engineering and Supply Chain Management MScs)

BDK406 Aston Edge Reflections and Growth (Online MBA - ‘Responsible Leadership’ and ‘Problem Solving and Creativity’ topics)



Programme Director for the Online Business and Management Suite MScs:

  • MSc Business & Management (online)
  • MSc Management & Finance (online)
  • MSc Global Business Management (online)
  • MSc Management in a Digital Economy (online)
  • MSc Management and Analytics (online)
  • MSc Digital Marketing and Analytics (online)

Scholarship and Fellowship

Senior Fellow HEA (since 24-Nov-2014)

Mentor for the RITE programme (for HEA Fellowships)

Administrative Roles

Member of College of Business and Social Sciences Learning and Teaching Committee

Continuing Professional Development

Academic Offences Regulations Process & Text Matching Tools - Nov 2022

International ADHD Conference (online) October 2022 - org. ADHD Ireland

Neurodiversity Awareness Worshop  - Jun 2022

RITE Mentor Training Workshop - Dec 2021

Viva: Preparation And Presentation (Qualifying Viva) - Dec 2021

Writing Your Qualifying Report - Nov 2021


Education/Academic qualification

PG Dip, Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education - Distinction

2 Jan 201811 Dec 2018

Award Date: 11 Dec 2018

PG Cert, Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice in Higher Education - distinction

25 Sept 20117 Feb 2013

Award Date: 7 Feb 2013

MBA, Aston Business School

30 Apr 000121 Nov 2008

Award Date: 21 Nov 2008

External positions

External Examiner - Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA), University of Hertfordshire

1 Jan 201931 Dec 2022

External Examiner - BSc (Hons) IT Management for Business with Industrial Experience (Apprenticeship), University of Dundee

1 Oct 201830 Sept 2022


  • LB2300 Higher Education
  • Foundation Year
  • Apprenticeships
  • Online Learning
  • Part Time Learning
  • Decision-making

    Butler, M., Bezant-Niblett, K. & Caine, K., Jan 2011, Introduction to organisational behaviour. Butler, M. & Rose, E. (eds.). London (UK): CIPD, p. 237-267 31 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Published conference outputChapter