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Dr Angela McGrane

Senior Lecturer

Department: Newcastle Business School

Angela's employment history includes time spent working in Business Planning and Operational Research in the gas industry, and for a number of organisations as a private consultant.  In addition to working at Northumbria University she has also spent time in academia at the Higher Education Academy supporting universities with implementation of the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).  She currently teaches business statistics, research methods, and project management alongside a management role as Faculty Director of Quality Assurance.  She also maintains her industry experience by undertaking work with external clients.


Angela McGrane

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Angela is interested in the application of a wide variety of research methods to business problems, and is particularly concerned with qualitative applications of Personal Construct Theory to questions of identity and professional views of the self at work.  Her PhD thesis ('Work Integrated Learning and self-perceptions regarding the work role: a longitudinal study') explored these ideas with a group of undergraduate students as they moved in and out of placement experiences.  She is currently working on related publications.

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Work integrated learning and self-perceptions regarding the work role: a longitudinal study, McGrane, A. 1 Aug 2020
  • Personal Construct Psychology Methods for Qualitative Researchers, Burr, V., McGrane, A., Sutcliffe, J., King, N. 9 Sep 2019, SAGE Research Methods Foundations, SAGE
  • Personal Construct Qualitative Methods, Burr, V., McGrane, A., King, N. 12 Aug 2017, Handbook of Research Methods in Health Social Sciences , Singapore, Springer
  • Using Self-Characterisation Sketches to Explore the Influence of Work Integrated Learning on Student Self-Perceptions, McGrane, A. 2017, Qualitative Methods in Psychology Biennial Conference 2017 (QMiP 2017)
  • Employment preferences and expectations regarding employment relationship of South Korean and EU business students, Zupan, N., Dziewanowska, K., Seong-Do, C., Hwang, L., Pearce, A., McGrane, A., Sorensen, C. 23 Jan 2016, The 2016 International Conference on Social Collaboration and Shared Values in Business
  • From INERTIA to BEYOND: achieving cognitive engagement and social mobility through international experience or how we engage students to transform themselves by going away and coming back again, Pearce, A., McGrane, A., Powell, L. 27 Mar 2015, The NorthEast Learning & Teaching Conference
  • Going and coming back again: the transformative effects of international experience on students as global citizens, Pearce, A., McGrane, A. 20 May 2015, Northumbria Research Conference
  • Developing dynamic capabilitites through university-industry relationships: The role of action research, Waring, T., Nguyen, T., McGrane, A., Johnston, L. Sep 2014, British Academy of Management


  • Psychology PhD August 01 2020
  • Operational Research MSc June 30 1996
  • PGCUTL June 30 1995
  • Senior Fellow (SFHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2014

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