Dr Steve French

P/T Lecturer (Hrly)-Bus Manage Marketing

Digital, Tech, Innovation & Business

I joined Staffordshire University in September 2018, having previously held academic posts at Warwick and Keele universities. I have significant experience of teaching and research in HRM and employment relations. Prior to entering into higher education, I worked as a computer programmer in the public sector, where I was also active as a lay union representative.

Professional memberships and activities

Academic Member of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD)
Member Institute for Employment Rights

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hons) European History and Politics, University of East Anglia, 1988

  • MA European History, University of East Anglia, 1990

  • PhD Social Studies (German Collective Bargaining), University of Birmingham, 2000

  • PG Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Keele University, 2003


I have undertaken research for a number of public and voluntary bodies in relation to migrant workers (Low Pay Commission, Life-long Learning Networks, Nuffield Foundation) and provided teaching, advice and guidance to trade unions including Unite, the GMB, the PCS, the Prison Governors’ Association (PGA) and PDAU.

Research interests

My research interests include, but are not limited to, migration and labour markets; trade unions and collective bargaining; workload and work-life balance; and credit unions and worker co-operatives.

I am currently the Postgraduate Research (PGR) research lead for Staffordshire Business School and, having supervised seven PhD students to completion at Keele University, I am interested in supervising doctoral students in these research areas.


  • ORGB70384 Developing Business Skills for Leadership
  • HRMG70054 Managing People and Organisations (MBA)
  • HRMG70076 Managing People and Organisations (SLDA)
  • ORGB70398 Employment Law
  • ORGB59809 Employment Law
  • HRMG40304 Human Capital Management


French, S. (2019) ‘Facing the uncertainties and realities of work and migration in the Brexit Age’ in Hamilton, L. Mitchell, K. and Mangan, A. (eds.) Contemporary Issues in Management (2nd edn.) Edward Elgar: Cheltenham.

French. S. (2018) Between globalisation and Brexit: Migration, pay and the road to modern slavery in the UK hospitality industry, Research in Hospitality Management, 8(1):23-32.

Mangan, A. and French S. (2017) ‘Small is beautiful? Exploring the challenges faced by trade union supported credit unions, Journal of Co-operative studies 50(1)28-39.

French, S. (2017a) Civil Service Performance Management Diversity and Inclusion outcomes data 2015-6: an analysis. London: Public and Commercial Services Union.

French, S. (2017b) Negotiating change to the Civil Service Performance Management schemes: An analysis of the proposed Performance Management framework. London: Public and Commercial Services Union.

French, S. (2016a) Civil Service Performance Management Diversity and Inclusion outcomes data 2014-5: an analysis. London: Public and Commercial Services Union.

French, S. (2016b) ‘Must Improve’: PCS members’ evaluation of Performance Management. London: Public and Commercial Services Union.

French, S. and Hodder, S. (2016) ‘Plus ça change: The Coalition Government and Trade unions’, in Williams, S. and Scott, P. (eds.) The Coalition Government and Employment Relations. Routledge, pp.165-183.

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

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