Andrew Hanks

Senior Lecturer

Digital, Tech, Innovation & Business

I joined Staffordshire University in the summer of 2015 after spending four years at Keele University whilst I completed a PhD in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations.

Before Entering academia as a career, I had spent sixteen years working for the Ministry of Defence in Shropshire. Initially this was as an electrician but then having got involved with the trade union I became an elected representative. This role gave me an insight into Employment Relations that is invaluable in my teaching.

I get huge enjoyment out of teaching and guiding learners through their university experiences. I am a digital champion within Staffordshire Business School and are always looking for new and innovative ways to improve the student experience.

I am very active on social media, particularly Twitter, on which I regularly engage with academics and practitioners.

Professional memberships and activities

Fellow of the Higher Educational Academy (HEA)

Member of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA)

Academic qualifications

PhDHuman Resource Management and Industrial Relations (Keele University 2016)

MA Industrial Relations and Employment Law (Keele University 2011)

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education (Staffordshire University 2017)


Trade Union Structures

Trade Union mergers

Industrial/Employee Relations

Employee Voice

Human Resource Management

Strategic HR

Research interests

Trade unions and their members

Industrial/Employment Relations

Employee voice and engagement


CIPD Level 3 Certificate in HR Practice

CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Certificate in HRM

PG Certificate in HRM

PG Diploma in HRM

MA in Strategic HRM


in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2024

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021