Dr Andrea Cooper

Honorary Lecturer

Education, School of Education and Social Work

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Dr. Andrea Cooper is an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Dundee. Andrea acts as Programme Director of BA (Professional Development) in Leadership and Management, offered at Belfast Metropolitan College, Belfast, Northern Ireland, a position held since 2004.

With Over 25 Years’ experience in Education Sector, Andrea is hugely passionate about Business and Academia. She has collaborated with Government, Statutory and Non-statutory, Private and Voluntary Sectors assisting in development of successful strategies for change, executive coaching and leadership and management within Northern Ireland and UK. She has developed and applied innovative solutions to achieve strategic organisational improvements. Andrea coaches and mentors senior executives and CEOs to create an environment that encourages creative thinking and innovation across the workforce, specialising in Business Planning and Strategic Leadership.

Andrea has extensive experience in managing undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of leadership and business management and continuing professional development for all professional disciplines. In addition, she has significant quality assurance and improvement experience through consultancy working with national and regulatory bodies. Is an active researcher with experience of publication and reviewing for peer reviewed journals.

Andrea holds Fellowship with Higher Education Academy (HEA), Chartered Member Status Chartered Institute Personnel and Development (CIPD) and is member of Institute of Directors (IOD). Acts as Conference Key note speaker.

Andrea is currently an External Examiner for undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes.

Degrees & Qualifications

2005 – 2011         PhD - Doctorate of Philosophy,  Ulster Business School, The University of Ulster.

2000 – 2002       PgD Strategic Human Resource Management,  The University of Ulster                                                               

1997 – 1998         Post Graduate Certificate of Further and Higher Education,  The University of Ulster

1998 – 1999         Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) Award,  Level 4 City and Guilds

1998 – 1999         730/6 Certificate in Teaching Adults,  City & Guilds of London Institute

1996 – 1997         MSc International Hospitality Management,  The University of Ulster

1996 – 1997         Assessors Award,  L3 City and Guilds

1993 – 1996         BA (Hons) Hospitality Management,  The University of Ulster


Andrea’s principal research interests lie in the field of transformational change; agile methodology and strategic leadership; initial teacher education; professional development and philosophy of professional development and work based learning.  She is writing on issues related to organisational learning and transformational leadership and vertical leadership development and on the transactional leadership, particularly linked to organisational culture.

Andrea gained a PhD from the University of Ulster where the thesis explored Strategic Human Resource Management, Marketing and Employer Branding Strategy within domestic and international global organisations.


Specialisms include:  leadership and management education; transformational change management strategy; cultural communication; strategic leadership thinking; collaborative organisational learning; agile methodology for high performance organisations; researching professional practice; research methods for leadership management; developing skills for business leadership; academic writing in higher education and philosophy of professional development and work based learning.