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Meet Your Business and Management Top Up Academics

Meet some of the experienced team of academic staff behind our Business and Management BA Top Up.

Helen Rodgers, programme lead for Business

Helen Rodgers  

Helen is the programme Lead for our distance learning Business and Management courses, across undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

With a Ph.D in Management, she has extensive experience in the development and delivery of courses across the thematic areas of organisational behaviour, leadership, governance, gender, management, human resource management and development, and organisational change. Over the years, she has worked across postgraduate and executive level, as well as international contexts, having worked in Europe, Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

She enjoys taking an interactive and experiential approach to teaching and learning. Her main areas of research are in gender and management, women and entrepreneurship and more recently values and leadership.  She is also an Academic Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (Academic MCIPD), a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and a member of the British Academy of Management.  

 Prior to academia, she worked in industry as a Marketing Manager in the Telecommunications Industry. 


Dr Tommy Chan

Dr Tommy Chan is a senior lecturer at Newcastle Business School. With a PhD in Information Systems and e-Business research, he is fascinated by disruptive technologies and online consumer behaviours. His research has been published in world-leading and internationally excellent journals in both information systems and marketing disciplines. Tommy is also on the editorial review board of the Journal of Computer Information Systems and Internet Research and is an associate editor of the European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS), and Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS). 

Approaching complex issues from a research-informed approach, his teaching is consistently rated highly across a variety of topics and student cohorts. Find out more about his academic biography.



Dr Sanjay Bhowmick

Dr Sanjay Bhowmick is a specialist in strategy, entrepreneurship and innovation. Before joining academia, he held senior management positions in banking, venture capital and consulting in positions across the globe, most recently as a county director for corporate finance at Arthur Andersen in India.

With a firm research interest in internationalisation, entrepreneurship and social cause venturing, his strong industry experience enables him to bring real life case discussions into the classroom. Find out more about Dr Sanjay’s academic biography.


Kirk Dodds

A senior lecturer, Kirk joined Newcastle Business School in 2015 and specialises in digital marketing and marketing strategy. Beginning his career in industry working for Arnold Clark, Unilever and Lotus as a brand and marketing manager, he moved into the education sector in 2015. A fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and an Associate Member (ACIM) of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, he is especially passionate about eWOM and Mobile Marketing. Find out more about Kirk Dodds


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