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Denis commenced employment with the University of Huddersfield in 2005 as a Senior Lecturer. In that time he has held a number of roles: Member of the Course Evaluation Committee; Year Tutor for Year 2 Business Studies Students; School Champion for the 'Fields Research Journal' for Undergraduate Students; Staff Mentor (inducting new staff into the Department), and Module Leader for a number of modules.

In 2001 Denis returned to education, studying for his PGCE/PCET teaching qualification under the 'government teacher initiative scheme', which was undertaken at the University of Huddersfield. After successfully completing the course of study, Denis gained a full-time position at 'The University Centre' Doncaster – High Melton; in this role his duties included: Head of Year, and Module Leader for 9 modules; here Denis shared his knowledge and experience with his students, where he motivated students to engage with their learning to attain excellent grades, which influenced their overall classification for their chosen degree.

On leaving school, Denis acquired an engineering apprenticeship with GEC Machines Ltd,Bradford in 1975, where he became a 'Crafts Person' skilled in the setting-up and use of various machinery. Denis recognised he had gained a wealth of experience from his work, and from being a 'Shop Steward' for his department, which motivated him to return to education to gain some management qualifications so he could, one day, progress into management. In 1993 he commenced his studies for a HND in Business and Finance at Dewsbury College, where upon completion he was awarded a number of distinctions (7) and merits (5) for his work. This allowed Denis to apply for a Business Administration BA(Hons) degree at the University of Huddersfield. On successfully completing his studies, Denis continued onto the Master's course (part-time), whilst at the same time working as a General Manager for a sales and marketing pharmaceutical company.

Denis' scholastic research interests lie in the study of education institutions as organisations, and how various management concepts such as 'New Performance Management' impact upon the identity of individuals, their motivation, the culture of the organisation, and values and beliefs of individuals. He is also interested in 'Leadership' in particualr the 'Dark side of Leadership'.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Academic identity;
  • Management Concepts and Theories that impact upon education institutions as organisations;
  • Organisational Culture;
  • Professionalism;
  • Scholarship;
  • Leadership;
  • Dark side of leadership.

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Research Output

Professionalism: doing a good job!

Feather, D., 6 Nov 2018, Professionalism in Post-Compulsory Education and Training: Empirical and Theoretical Perspectives. Tummons, J. (ed.). 1 ed. UK: Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Time! What’s that? You’re joking, I don’t have any!

    Feather, D., 2017, In : Journal of Further and Higher Education. 41, 5, p. 706-716 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Defining academic – real or imagined

    Feather, D., 2016, In : Studies in Higher Education. 41, 1, p. 110-123 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 8 Citations (Scopus)
    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)


    • 1 Oral presentation