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Professor’s key role in training business leaders to teach

Senior executives from PricewaterhouseCoopers, HSBC, JP Morgan Chase and Catchpole Communications worked with Roehampton professor Julie Hall to improve their teaching skills, as part of a programme designed to encourage business leaders to enter the classroom.

Posted: 29 June 2015

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Professor Julie Hall

Gaining first-hand experience from professionals who have knowledge and insights into the current real world business sector brings significant benefits to students. It offers an opportunity to learn from executives who run multi-national corporations about how they operate, and gives a genuine understanding to the next generation of business leaders. Bringing senior managers into classrooms also provides a valuable link between theory and practice.

Professor Hall, formerly Director of  the Roehampton Business School now Deputy Provost, helped train the executives in lecturing skills and classroom management as part of an intensive five day programme with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

This initiative is designed to train professionals to ensure they have the skills, and guidance needed to teach. Professor Hall said: “Too often professionals move into university teaching with little preparation. Professional experience even at the highest level doesn't necessarily translate into effective teaching and I was delighted to be invited to run a session on managing classroom dynamics and ensuring effective learning.”

The AACSB Bridge Programme provides participants with practical knowledge on how to teach effectively. Topics covered include; how to put together course structure, understanding different learning styles and managing the classroom.

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