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Ms Samantha Smith

Ms Samantha Smith

Honorary Fellow, Leadership

+ 44 (0) 1392 722538

Samantha Smith is an Honorary Fellow at the Business School. She delivers on the MBA in the area of personal and professional effectiveness.

Samantha is also Programme Director of the innovative Leadership and Management in the Aviation Industry Foundation Degree (LMAI FDA). This national pilot programme is the result of an exemplar partnership between Exeter University, Flybe and Exeter College.

In 2005, Samantha set up her first online venture. In 2006, she was selected by NESTA (The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) as one of the UK’s ‘Creative Pioneers’ and participated in a yearlong intensive business development programme with mentors including Tony Elliot (Time Out) and Andrew Wheatley (Cabinet).

Samantha’s company – Transition Tradition Limited – subsequently secured capital investment and has worked with a wide range of organisations to create change solutions, including: Oxford University, Aim Higher, The Centre for Career Management Studies, Arts Council England and the University of London.

Samantha designs and delivers programmes for individuals, institutions and communities on subjects including: creative work/life structures, personal effectiveness and continuous career management. As a result of her experience, Samantha has an interest in pedagogies of reflective practice and business education. She has undertaken research, for the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) Programme Assessment Strategies (PASS) Project, which considers the impact of assessment in business education. Samantha is also completing the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice and the Postgraduate Certificate in Education in the Post-Compulsory sector.

Administrative responsibilities

  • Personal Tutor - MBA



Research interests

Samantha’s current research interests centre upon the sufficiency of the means to achieve the desired outcomes for the individual or organisation. The LMAI FDA was designed to deliver impact for both the employee and the employer – forthcoming qualitative research will seek to establish the extent to which this goal has been realised.

  • Learning for personal and professional effectiveness
  • Creative and emerging life/work structures
  • Managing personal change
  • Pedagogies and leadership education.

Research projects

Samantha is currently researching the impact of programme level assessment models in leadership and management learning (NTFS, PASS Project). She is also undertaking a qualitative analysis of individual leadership learning upon the wider organisation (FLYBE).

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category

Internet publications

Smith (In Press). The Taught MA in English. Web link.

Publications by year

In Press

Smith (In Press). The Taught MA in English. Web link.

Awards and Honours

  • 2006, selected as a UK ‘Creative Pioneer’ by NESTA (The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts)

External positions

  • Programme Director, Leadership and Management in the Air Travel Industry, Foundation Degree (FDA)
  • Associate, Centre for Career Management Studies, Reading University
  • Member, Institute for Learning
  • Member, Institute for Career Guidance
  • Enterprise Ambassador, Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative

Samantha‘s teaching interests spring from her passionate belief in the need to develop both the individual and their knowledge. She draws on a wide range of practitioner and research-led sources and innovative delivery techniques to create a synoptic space, which enables individuals to develop their own understanding of, and techniques for, personal and professional effectiveness.

Taught modules