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The Dean of Salford Business School


Professor David Spicer
BSc (Hons), MBA, PhD
Dean of Salford Business School

Professor David Spicer joined The University of Salford as Dean of the Business School in March 2016.  

Professor Spicer was previously Interim Dean of the Faculty of Management and Law at the University of Bradford.

His experience will be invaluable in helping to develop Salford Business School, as well as playing a key role in the ambitious Industrial Collaboration Zone project.

At Bradford, David led on several strategic initiatives and was instrumental in leading the development of the Faculty’s mission and strategy to support delivery of the University’s new vision. He made significant strides in strengthening the School’s reputation, overseeing the enhancement of its programmes and developing research rankings and accreditation.

Prior to joining Bradford, David worked for the University of Plymouth Business School where he undertook doctoral research and also worked as a lecturer in the human resources study group.
Before moving into higher education he began his career working for Woolworths, as both a store manager and in human resources where he had responsibilities for recruitment and management development. An eminent researcher, David’s expertise lies in the field of organisational development and change. He has been working on a major project with two multinational high technology firms and the outcomes of this research have been used to fundamentally shape the HR and business strategies in these firms.

He has also worked and consulted in both public and private sectors with a number of well-known organisations including AstraZeneca, Cannon, the BBC, Emirates Airlines and the NHS.

His research has been published widely in a number of leading peer reviewed journals including The British Journal of Management, Long Range Planning and the Human Resource Journal. He was also awarded a Best Reviewer’s prize by the Management Education and Development Division for 2005 Academy of Management Conference, and was Track Chair for Knowledge and Learning at the 2005 and 2006 British Academy of Management Conferences.

Research-informed, industry-led global business education

We are committed to developing business leaders and managers that are equipped for next-generation practice in the global marketplace. The contemporary business world operates on an increasingly global scale and this agenda sits at the very heart of how Salford Business School engages with its students and partner organisations.

Our teaching is industry-led, inspired by contemporary practice and developed in partnership with business leaders. We teach the skills that employers need and as a result, our graduates enjoy excellent international career prospects.

The quality of our teaching is built upon strong intellectual resources. With over 100 academics – many of whom remain active in the business world - the School benefits from a broad range of expertise and ensures our international curriculum disseminates cutting-edge knowledge to our students and clients.

Without innovation, business fails. Our focus on business innovation, entrepreneurship and business sustainability enhances both employability prospects and the ability to generate business/employment opportunities:

  • Our MBA is one of a select group to have been awarded AMBA accreditation in the UK and offers excellent networking opportunities
  • 89% of Business School graduates go into employment or further study within 6 months of graduating.
  • Our ELIE project has worked with entrepreneurs across Europe and found that even where people are pushed into entrepreneurship through necessity, social and cultural skills such as having good networks can help them become successful. This knowledge is being applied to teaching about entrepreneurship at Salford Business School where ELIE case studies support the module 'work based project' and postgraduate courses.
  • Our Passport to Trade 2.0 project has found that working and studying abroad prepares students better to take part in international business which supports Salford Business School's approach of offering student placements across both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Enriching learning environment within a global network

Our stimulating learning environment supports students to realise their true potential. Both academic and pastoral resources enable students to fully benefit from our international community. Its success has been demonstrated internationally:

  • Our college and student body form a cosmopolitan, multinational community, with over 130 countries represented
  • Opportunities for semesters abroad, language training, international work placements and the international environment are embedded across the entire curriculum
  • 83% of Salford Business School graduates were satisfied or very satisfied in the NSS 2011
  • We are 2nd in the UK in Accounting & Finance for overall student satisfaction in the NSS 2011
  • We are 5th in the North West in Business Studies for overall student satisfaction in the Complete University Guide 2012

The School also boasts an impressive alumni network, made up of more than 125,000 business professionals from 130 countries across the globe. We offer localised alumni associations in countries including Brunei, China, Hong Kong, India and Malaysia, meaning wherever you are in the world, the influence of Salford Business School is never far away.

World-class, transformational business research that informs business practice and supports management development

Our Research and Innovation Hub has developed an impressive Executive Education programme supporting international leadership and management development. In 2011, our Institute of Directors programme produced the highest scoring Diploma graduate in the UK and the Salford Executive MBA is now available in part-time, online and in-company modes.

In the most recent national Research Assessment Exercise (2008), over 90% of Salford Business and Management research was ranked of international standard with 30% internationally-excellent or world leading. Our college, many with internationally-renowned research reputations, regularly consult and research for organisations including the NHS, the Lottery Commission, the Barclays Premier League, IBM and BMW.

Working as part of the international Passport to Trade 2.0 project consortium  represented by organisations from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy and Romania, organisations are advised on how to innovate using Social Media. At the same time ELIE project, incorporates partners from Finland, Greece and Poland, develops our understanding of immigrant entrepreneurs and innovation through investigating business start-ups.

State-of-the-art facilities

At Salford, we have invested £30 million into one of the most innovative and state-of-the-art facilities available anywhere in the UK. Our presence at MediaCityUK places us, our students and business partners, at the heart of this exciting new enterprise which promises to become one of the largest business hubs in the country.

Salford Business School is serious about business. If you are too, why not join us? I look forward to welcoming you to the School and to our international learned business community.