Head of School, Business and Management
I've worked in business schools and higher education in the UK, Europe and Far East for over 25 years. I successfully led strategic initiatives to enhance the student experience including enhanced transitions for mature and international students, and student-centred, work-based learning solutions for all undergraduate students. I've championed innovation on programmes of study working with students as co-creators of the curriculum, and the development of Executive Education and CPD with businesses.
I was responsible for learning, teaching and assessment strategy, including international partnerships and quality assurance (Europe (Poland, Germany, Russia, Holland), Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore). I have industry experience in the shipping industry setting up international training centres.
My external profile includes the award of Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and advisory role with HEA to develop a national Framework for Internationalisation, and a title of Visiting Professor from Shandong University of Finance, People’s Republic of China. I'm a Certified Business and Management Educator (CMBE) with Chartered ABS, with a strong CPD profile including an award of Leaders in Learning and Teaching from Chartered ABS.
My research interests lie in cross-cultural management, employability, internationalization of higher education, intercultural aspects, and leadership and change management. Furthermore, my research interests lie in international mobility, study destination choices and internationalisation of the curriculum. I have led a number of international, cross-institutional and interdisciplinary projects to scope and design mechanisms for assisting students with the transitions. I have published her research internationally and in the UK. I am an Editor for a selection of academic journals. I am currently leading a Scoping Study on Transitions: an exploration of support mechanisms for international students. My recent research includes leading a cross-university qualitative research study on tools, strategies and guidelines in Internationalisation of the Curriculum; and a Santander funded research project. I am currently working on a book commissioned by Routledge on Building Intercultural Learner Relationships: Towards a critical pedagogy for higher education in a multicultural globalising world due to be published in 2020.
Armstrong, Paul-Alan and Foster, Monika (2021) Letters of praxis: A metaphorical journey through the challenges for business and management education during turbulent times. Business Educator: Working Paper Series of the Centre for Management Learning and Business Education, 1. pp. 90-107.
Foster, Monika, Mulroy, Tim and Carver, Mark (2020) Exploring coping strategies of transfer students joining universities from colleges. Student Success Journal, 11 (1). pp. 72-81. ISSN 2205-0795
Foster, Monika, Carver, M and Mulroy, T (2019) The efficient outsider: Academic and social integration of direct entry students from HE colleges into universities. Studies in Higher Education. ISSN 0307-5079 (Submitted)
Hassan, Abeer, Bamurange, Yvonne, Foster, Monika and James, Kieran (2019) The Journey and Experience of International students: An insight from a UK University. Journal of Economic Science, 2 (2). p. 55. ISSN 2630-5240
Foster, Monika and Carver, Mark (2018) Explicit and implicit internationalisation: Exploring perspectives on internationalisation in a business school with a revised Internationalisation of the Curriculum Toolkit. Journal of Management Education. ISSN 1472-8117
Mckinnon, Sabine, Hammond, Angela and Foster, Monika (2017) Reflecting on the Value of Resources for Internationalising the Curriculum: Exploring Academic Perspectives. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 43 (1). pp. 138-147. ISSN 0309-877X
Foster, Monika (2016) Perspectives on: International Student Mobility. Chartered ABS Perspectives On series.
Foster, Monika and Anderson, l (2015) Editorial: Exploring Internationalisation of the Curriculum to Enhance the Student Experience,. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice. ISSN 2051-9788
Foster, Monika (2014) Student destination choices in higher education: Exploring attitudes of Brazilian students to study in the United Kingdom. Journal of Research in International Education.
Foster, Monika (2011) Engaging students in enhanced academic transitions – a case of online study skills resource SPICE. Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, 3.. ISSN 1759-667X
Foster, Monika (2018) Aiding active learning through a pre-arrival resource for international students. In: Transition: in, through and out of higher education. Routledge. ISBN 9781138682184
Foster, Monika (2018) Designing a student-led framework for pre-and post-mobility intercultural skills’ development as part of the curriculum. In: Transitions in, through and out of higher education. Routledge. ISBN 9781138682184
Foster, Monika (2017) Exploring the impact of international student mobility on cross-cultural learning adaptation. In: Empowering 21st Century Learners Through Holistic and Enterprising Learning. Springer. ISBN 9789811042416
Foster, Monika (2016) Exploring the role of developing intercultural awareness in international student mobility in China and the UK through a non-essentialist lens. In: Handbook of Research on Study Abroad Programmes and Outbound Mobility. IGI Global. ISBN 9781522501695
Foster, Monika (2012) Engaging students in academic transitions: A case of two projects using student voice and technology to personalise the experience. In: Cross cultural teaching and learning for home and international students: Internationalisation of pedagogy and curriculum in higher education. Routledge. ISBN 9780415630139
Foster, Monika and Killick, David (2021) Learner Relationships in Global Higher Education: A Critical Pedagogy for a Multicultural World. Routledge, Routledge UK. ISBN 9780367271145
Foster, Monika and Penman, Christine (2016) Innovations in Learning and Teaching. Merchiston Publishing. ISBN 9780957688285
Foster, Monika (2011) Engaging students in enhanced academic transitions, Working with Cultural Diversity in Higher Education. SEDA Specials, 28 . SEDA. ISBN 9781902435503
Foster, Monika, Armstrong, Paul-Alan and J. Nobari, Juila (2021) Business Educator Issue 1: Management Learning and Business Education during Turbulent Times. University of Sunderland, Sunderland, UK.
Internationalisation and globalisation
Developing learner-centred solutions especially for professional learners