BA Modern Languages 1965-1969, PhD 1974, MBA 1985
"After graduation with a double First in German and French, (and no doubt motivated to stay on in Bradford till my now husband, Tony, finished his degree!), I accepted a research scholarship in the Department of Modern Languages."
After two years and a visiting research post at the Pädagogisches Institut Berlin, I accepted a lectureship at the Pädagogische Hochschule in Ludwigsburg. An academic career followed. I lectured in German at Coventry, then Sheffield Hallam, but increasingly moved my academic interest into European Studies and International Business.
A sabbatical saw me return to Bradford - to the Management Centre - to undertake an MBA in International Business, where as a mature student I was honoured to receive the best student prize. My MBA saw me rapidly offered a senior post in Strategic Management at Humberside Poly now Lincoln University, where I finally became Dean of Hull Business School, and was awarded a chair in International Business in recognition of my contribution to international business education.
A pioneer of student mobility and diversity, a passionate believer in applied language studies within business education, I eventually - after retirement - was enticed back to academia by Hull University Business School to spearhead their European student recruitment. This I did until moving to France to live a quiet life, where you find me these days reminiscing about the 'old days', which all began some fifty years ago in Bradford, and laid the foundation of a successful academic career.
BA Hons Modern Languages (German and French) 1965 - 1969
PhD in Post-war education of girls in the two Germany's 1974
MBA International Business 1985
Maiden name : Halfpenny
Published November 2015