Dr Derek Watson

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Senior Lecturer

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, founder of the Faculty ‘Business Clinic’ and the Doctoral lead for the University’s ‘Research Fridays’ programme and have rich experience of mapping skills requirements in emerging sectors. I have extensive links and networks as a result of sourcing and embedding external engagement opportunities across the curriculum, with an international portfolio of clients and contacts, such as the British Cabinet Office, Indian Government Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Dubai Police and Canon International.

My research focuses on academic-industry collaboration, investigating the impact of knowledge exchange on practice and food safety cultural compliance. I am actively documenting my consultancy experience via international academic journals and have delivered lectures and seminars at universities and symposiums on a global scale. I have been appointed on the editorial board for the ‘International Journal of Academic Research in Management’. I am also a Doctoral External Examiner, academic reviewer of several international journals and currently employed as ‘External Examiner’ for both Chester and Staffordshire University Doctoral programmes. In addition, I am also a Visiting Professor at Sias Academy for Open Innovation at Sias International University in China, the Technological University of Panama and Senior Research Fellow at the Cyprus Business School, Cyprus.

Teaching and supervision

I am currently postgraduate Module Leader for Innovation and Technology Transfer and both Director of Studies and co-supervisor on the Universities Doctoral programmes, namely PhD and Professional Doctorate Students.

Research interests for potential research students

Innovation and technology transfer, quality assurance, academic-industry collaboration, investigating the impact of knowledge exchange on practice in both the classroom and the workplace.


My research focuses on Academic-Industry Collaboration, Innovation & Technology Transfer and Food Safety Cultural Compliance.

Areas of expertise

  • Food Safety Cultural Compliance 
  • Innovation and technology transfer
  • Total quality management
  • Transformational change
  • Changing mindsets

Further information

I am also a practising consultant in Management of Change, Total Quality Management (ISO 9001, 14001, 18001) Food Safety Culture Compliance and NEBOSH qualified in International Health Safety and Environment.

In the press:

Brexit could be bad news for British food safety, experts warn
New Food Magazine

BRC Issue 8 seeks to encourage a new culture of food safety
The Grocer

Deal or No Deal, British food and drink manufacturers will suffer

Class of 2018: Brewing up a great career

Last updated 07 December 2018