Steve Hargreaves

Ep Develop'Mt Mgr-K'Ledge Exchng E'Prise

Business Engagement

I have spent well over a decade working in Education and I have specialised in developing relationships with businesses. In my current role as an Employer Partnerships Development Manager, I look after the business incubator and take the lead in several exciting innovation projects. I set up KTPs and have supported businesses with Innovate UK bids.

I enjoy presenting and speaking to the business community and partners about the fantastic support programmes on offer by Staffordshire University. I enjoy lifelong learning recently, completing my MBA part-time. Previous to working for Staffs Uni, I have worked for another University managing the award-winning internship programme and I was the employer lead on various innovation projects. Before that, I was the head of Careers for a school and College. I have previously also managed the Job Shop at Stoke College and worked as a recruitment consultant also spending 5 years as a Civil Servant in a regional partnerships' role representing the Staffordshire region.

I enjoyed volunteering as the vice-chair of Governors for a school for the past 5 years. I have previously volunteered as an Enterprise Advisor for Stoke Council/Careers and Enterprise Company. I was proud to represent the region in the Barclays Life Skills Advisory Council for 4 years. I am lucky enough to have been nominated for multiple awards in my career to date. Most of all I am #ProudToBeStaffs, as a former business studies graduate, to be now back working at the university is an honour.

Academic qualifications

  • MBA Senior Leadership
  • BA Hons Business Studies
  • Diploma in Recruitment Practice
  • Diploma in Careers Advice and Guidance (Level 6)
  • Diploma in Careers Management
  • Lean Business Practitioner – (Civil Service accredited)
  • BTEC – Business Management
  • IOSH


  • Innovation
  • Funding and business support
  • Proposal and Bid Writing
  • Events and client management
  • Recruitment and placements
  • Careers and Employability
  • Team and people management
  • Selection and Interviewing
  • Account management and relationship building
  • CRM and Data
  • Presenting

Research interests

  • Business Incubation
  • Innovation for SMEs
  • Leadership
  • Careers and Enterprise


“What is the Value Proposition of a business incubator“ (Hargreaves 2021)

Participant in the Moments of Choice national careers research – Careers and Enterprise company – (2018)

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