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 Hannah Newbury

Hannah Newbury

Lecturer in Human Resource Management


+44 (0) 1392 724791

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

Hannah joined the Business School in 2018 as an associate lecture, and is currently a Lecturer in Human Resource Management (HRM), teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Prior to this she held a position at the University of Plymouth.

Hannah is a graduate in English from the University of Southampton, and an Associate member of the CIPD, having completed the CIPD Diploma whilst working as a HR Manager.

Hannah previously worked in both the public and private sector as a HR Manager and Advisor. She has experience as a sole practitioner responsible for establishing the HR function in a growing SME, as well as organising change management initiatives at a large public sector organisation. Hannah is currently undertaking a PhD in HRM and Leadership.

Hannah’s teaching focuses on HRM, employee relations and international HRM. She has previously taught people management and organisational behaviour modules and is currently designing a new MSc International HRM.


  • BA (Hons), 
  • Assoc. CIPD
  • FHEA

Research interests

  • employee engagement
  • impact, power and influence in organisations
  • wellbeing  

Research projects

Hannah is currently undertaking a PhD in HRM and Leadership. Her thesis explores the concept of ‘personal engagement’ in comparison to current organisational strategies for engagement and considerations of engagement as an individual-level construct. It explores the extent to which engagement is influenced by organisational power and regulation or individual understandings of self. It studies organisational regulation and power of personal engagement, exploring organisational strategies and the impact they have on an individual’s engagement at work. It aims to enable the development of new knowledge and understanding within the field, as well as identify ways of increasing personal engagement in SME’s, in order to increase the performance and profitability of this significant contributor to the UK economy.

My teaching interests are HRM and organisational behaviour. With my practical experience and research focus, I try to integrate a practical teaching approach with focus on authentic work-integrated learning based on relevant knowledge and skills. I try to create encouraging, simulating and applied learning environments using problem-based, real-world learning methods that are embedded with practical applications and examples.