Professor Earnshaw is a trained auditor for Quality Assurance (QA) and Quality Enhancement (QE), Programme Review and Institutional Audit, a Leadership Foundation Top Management Programme Fellow, a BCS Chartered Membership Assessor (CEng and CSci), a BCS Assessor for Accreditation evaluations in higher education, a trained project manager, and a former Pro Vice-Chancellor.  He has international experience and expertise in higher education through working in a number of Universities including the University of LeedsIllinois Institute of TechnologyGeorge Washington UniversityNorthwestern Polytechnical University, China, the University of Bradford, and Glyndwr University.  He has also reviewed and/or audited Universities in the UK, Jordan, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates.  He has reviewed proposals for the EPSRC and the European Commission, and has audited projects for the European Commission.

For further information on QA and QE experience, please see the section in the left hand menu on ‘QA and QE’.

Professor Earnshaw provides consultancy in the following areas –

  • Auditing, evaluation, and review of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in computer science, IT, information sciences, electrical engineering, digital media, and creative industries
  • Auditing, evaluation, and review of research programmes and research outputs in the areas of computer science, IT, information sciences, electrical engineering, digital media, and creative industry
  • Institutional audit
  • Higher education strategy
  • Information Technology strategy
  • Information visualisation
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations in teaching and research
  • Interdisciplinary research collaborations in science, technology, engineering, and the arts
  • Leadership and leadership development

I have experience with the following grant awarding bodies –


1.      Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

2.      European Union FP7 and H2020

3.      Technology Strategy Board (TSB)

4.      Leverhulme Trust

5.      National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA)

6.      NATO Scientific Affairs Division

7.      Creative Industries Network (TSB)

8.      Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP, TSB)

9.      Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)

10.  Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

11.  National Science Foundation (NSF)

12.  Google Faculty Research Awards

13.  I have also knowledge of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

14.  I have also knowledge of the European Research Council (ERC)


I have experience with the following

15.  Proposals seeking funding from industrial companies and sponsors

16.  Proposals for distinguished research Chairs from national governments

17.  Proposals submitted internally to obtain funding from the University


I have also experience as –

18.  External Member of Professorial Appointing Committees (many Universities

nationally and internationally)


Course of Lectures on Leadership and Management

Leadership Seminars – Synopsis

“Transformational Leadership and Management”

Professor Rae Earnshaw

School of Engineering and Informatics


UK Universities face unprecedented external pressures locally, nationally, and internationally.  These include the need to attract students, the importance of providing an excellent quality student learning experience, increasing selectivity in research, the increasing importance of national and world league tables, and the need to compete effectively for international students and national and international research grants.  All these aspects are reflected to a greater or lesser extent in institutional performance indicators that in turn are incorporated into league tables.  Internal pressures include the need to increase efficiency and effectiveness, maintain and enhance quality in teaching, research, and knowledge transfer, and seek to improve morale.  This series of 4 seminars will outline current best practice in the sector for addressing these challenges, and the current drivers for greater knowledge and skills training for future managers and leaders.  It will also provide references to further relevant material and work-sheets to support and enable self-development.


Lecture 1 – Universities and their Context

What is the University for?  Current issues and challenges.  External and internal factors which affect Universities.  Evaluation of Universities.  Investment in higher education and research.  Debates on the purposes of Universities.  What the University wants in a leader.  What the students want in a University.  How a University organises its business.  Regulatory issues.  Institutional corporate strategies.


Lecture 2 – Leadership and Management

Definitions of leadership and management.  Management theories.  Leaders and managers.  Coping with rapid change.  Empowerment.  Leadership models. 


Lecture 3 – University Rankings and Drivers

Emotional intelligence.  The enterprising University.  Drivers in the higher education sector.  University rankings.  The levels and skills of educational leadership.  Dimensions of educational performance.  The manager-academic.  Leadership dilemmas.  Management and collegiality.  Current issues.  Self-testing and evaluation.


Lecture 4 – Transformational Leadership

Transformational leadership.  Stress in the workplace and its causes.  Vision.  Intellectual stimulation.  New models of transformational leadership.  Results of transformational leadership.  Examples of transformational leaders.  Embedding a culture of transformational leadership.  360 degree review.  Critical success factors.  Organisational futures.


Presenter Biography

Professor Earnshaw completed the Leadership Foundation’s Top Management Programme (TMP) in 2005.  He is a TMP Fellow, a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Information Technology Professional, a former Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Bradford (2004-09) and former Dean of the School of the School of Informatics.  He is Professor of Creative Industries and Interactive Systems at Glyndwr University, Wales, and Emeritus Professor of Electronic Imaging at the University of Bradford.  He has been a Visiting Professor at Illinois Institute of Technology, George Washington University, USA and Northwestern Polytechnical University, China.  He has led a series of University Research Development Workshops at Glyndwr University in 2012-13.  He is the UK representative at IFIP TC5, a member of the European Union and National Science Foundation Joint Research Strategy Committee, and an adviser to a number of overseas governments.  He has been a QAA Institutional Auditor, a QAA Subject Reviewer and been involved in many institution evaluations in the UK and internationally.  He has published 200 papers and 36 books.  Publishers include Cambridge University Press, Springer, Addison-Wesley, Academic Press, John Wiley & Sons Inc, and IEEE Computer Society Press, USA.

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