Jonathan Westlake

P/T Lecturer (Hrly)-Bus Manage Marketing

School of Justice, Security and Sustainability

Jonathan is an Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR) at Staffordshire University Business School. As part of a team of three EiRs he is currently supporting and delivering a 10 week Small Business Leadership Programme (SBLP) with four cohorts between now and April 2021. The programme is a national initiative from the Small Business Charter and is aimed at helping small businesses during the pandemic. Prior to the SBLP he was involved in two successful projects designed to help micro businesses, "Survive and Thrive" and "Leading to Grow"..

The pandemic has seen a sea change in the use of technology, how we work and communicate. Technology trends are his research interest and how courses like SBLP can improve the health of small businesses post-covid.

Jonathan has a diverse range of experience in business computing/IT and his passion is in how technology can help business. He has worked in a variety of business domains including a software house SME. He is currently involved in STEM ambassador work for schools, Vice Chair and Secretary of North Staffs British Computer Society and a director of Wavemaker Stoke CIC. In recent years his work has also evolved into a QA role as he is a computer science external examiner for a number of public and commercial UK universities.

Professional memberships and activities

Member British Computer Society (BCS)

Academic qualifications

MSc Computing Science

BA(Hons) Business Studies

Expertise

Computing and information technology

Business consultancy

STEM ambassador

Research interests

All aspects of technology in business

Enterprise and commercial interests

Director of Wavemaker Stoke CIC

External Examiner for a number of UK universities and Curriculum Lead Moderator for Open College Network West Midlands.

Publications

Exploring the Potential of Using Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality for STEM Education May 2019 Research Gate

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

6th for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020