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Dr Helen Charlton

Senior Lecturer

Department: Newcastle Business School

Helen is a senior lecturer in leadership and HRM, and the Director of Education for Apprenticeships within this subject group. Helen's teaching focusses on practice related HRM at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 

Helen’s professional practice was in senior HR management in the not-for-profit and arts sectors.  She has taught within HRM-related programmes in FE and HE for over a decade, and has specialised in the development of students’ academic and employability skills.

Helen holds a Doctorate in Education and a Masters in Human Resource Management.  She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development, and a Chartered Manager and Fellow of CMI. 

Helen Charlton

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Helen's research interests focus on the experience of engagement with higher education for work based learners, particularly within apprenticeships. In addition, she is active in exploring contemporary higher education practices, and the application of knowledge to professional practice within human resource management. Helen is a qualitative reseracher, specialising in interpretative phenomenological analysis. 

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Higher education under threat: China, Malaysia, and the UK respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ma, G., Black, K., Blenkinsopp, J., Charlton, H., Hookham, C., Pok, W., Sia, B., Alkarabsheh, O. 19 Feb 2021, In: Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education
  • A research methods case of interpretative phenomenological analysis: using consensus workshops and focus groups in an idiographic methodology, Charlton, H., Hayes, C. 2018, SAGE Research Methods Cases, SAGE
  • Integrating and evidencing the professional development journey in a degree apprenticeship programme, Stalker, B., Charlton, H., Viney, P. 24 Apr 2018, Chartered Association of Business Schools Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Conference
  • Sharing learning from the design, development and delivery of a degree apprenticeship programme, Stalker, B., Charlton, H. 6 Jun 2018, University Forum for Human Resource Development 18th International Conference
  • Using Consensus Workshop in the Classroom: Promoting Participation and Collaboration in Large Group Settings, Charlton, H. 1 Dec 2018, In: Management Teaching Review
  • Understanding part-time postgraduate student experience in the context of landscapes of practice: The experiences of Human Resource Management practitioners engaged in concurrent study, Charlton, H. Dec 2017, Society for Research into Higher Education
  • Experiencing learning across academic‐practice boundaries; An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Human Resource Management practitioners engaged in part‐time postgraduate study, Charlton, H. Dec 2016

Professional Activity

Further Information


  • Teaching & Learning PGCLTHE
  • Education
  • Human Resource Management MSc
  • Chartered Manager and Chartered Fellow - Chartered Management Institute CMngr FCMI 2018
  • Chartered Member of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development Chartered MCIPD
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA)

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