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Dr Christine Parkin Hughes

Dr Christine Parkin Hughes

Director of Education in Management


+44 (0) 1392 725662

Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK

Dr Christine Parkin Hughes joined the University of Exeter Business School in 2017 and is the Director of Education (Management).

Chris, a registered teacher, has taught for more than 20 years across compulsory and higher-education. Working with colleagues and external partners, she is committed to enhancing innovative teaching, learning and the student experience which in-turn add value and impact positively in the workplace. During the course of her career she has designed and led programmes of various levels and formats across a wide variety of settings, including doctoral college provision, traditionally-taught UG and PG degrees, work-based programmes and online delivery. Recently, she was part of a team of colleagues to establish the University of Exeter’s business focused Degree Apprenticeship programmes, and is the Programme Director for the Chartered Manager DA.

Her research focuses on sustainability, in particular, human sustainability within the workplace. Her thesis explored the conceptualisation of sustainability by tomorrow’s managers.

Alongside education and research, Chris relishes being involved with small enterprise, particularly within the third-sector. She has derived great pleasure from owning and managing various successful small businesses over the years.

Administrative responsibilities

  • Director of Education (Management)
  • Programme Director, DA Chartered Manager, BSc (Hons) Applied Business Management


  • BA (Hons)
  • MBA,
  • P.h.D
  • QTS
  • CMBE
  • SFHEA 

External positions

Dr. Parkin Hughes has enjoyed varied external engagement portfolio, including:

  • External Moderator, Reviewer and Validator (CIE) for the University of Cambridge
  • Senior Assessor for OCR e-programmes
  • Examiner for the National Assessment Authority
  • CIPD level 7 Examiner
  • ILM Accredited Provider and Internal Verifier
  • Ministry of Defence ELCAS Approved Provider
  • Content and Assessment Reviewer for Oxford University Press, McGraw Hill, Palgrave and Cengage.

Dr Christine Parkin Hughes has experience of teaching a diverse student population, from undergraduate to post-experience practitioners. She has taught across the business curriculum, though her core areas of teaching interest are Organisational Behaviour, Human Resource Management, Leadership and Human Sustainability. Whether online or more traditional face-to-face delivery, her approach focuses on engaging students with theoretical, practical and authentic aspects of the field. Chris tries to create encouraging, simulating and applied learning environments using problem-based, real-world learning methods which are embedded with practical applications and examples.