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University of Exeter Business School

Professor Alison Truelove

Professor Alison Truelove

Associate Professor in Critical Practice, Lead Academic Tutor and Director of the Centre for Innovation in Business Education


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 Streatham Court 0.78


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


Professor Alison Truelove joined the Business School on a full-time basis in 2016 after several years of consultancy work, including the design and writing of the assessment material for the UK’s first professionally-accredited MOOC, Discovering Business and Society (with ACCA on FutureLearn). She has previously held teaching and research positions at the Universities of London and Cambridge, and has taught and published in the areas of historical linguistics, medieval culture and literature, and digital humanities.

As Director of the School's Centre for Innovation in Business Education, Alison leads on staff development aligned to enhancing teaching practice, module design and assessment. As the School’s Lead Academic Tutor, she also oversees our students’ transition into higher education, and provides tailored, evidence-based academic development support to encourage all learners to achieve their full potential. 

Alison is also Project Director / Principal Investigator of the UKRI/Research England £5 million 'Developing Business-Aware Academics' project, working in collaboration with the Chartered Association of Business Schools and a range of other universities to offer knowledge, skills and networking opportunities to doctoral and early career researchers to engage effectively with industry.

Her other research interests focus on identifying and developing effective interventions to support students’ academic achievement, on designing innovative and inclusive modes of online/blended learning, and on developing resources to strengthen students’ critical engagement with their learning. She also works with colleagues across the university and beyond to promote widening participation and interdisciplinarity in higher education.

Alison is Chair of the Chartered Association of Business Schools' Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee, an associate member of the university’s Centre for Social Mobility, and is on the management board of the International Institute for Cultural Enquiry.


  • BA English, MA Later Medieval Studies and PhD English (Royal Holloway, University of London)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Certified Management and Business Educator

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Truelove A, Radulescu R (eds)(2005). Gentry Culture in Late-Medieval England., Manchester University Press. Abstract.
Beadle R, Richmond C (2005). Paston Letters and Papers of the Fifteenth Century., Early English Text Society.

Journal articles

Truelove A (2005). Linguistic diversity in the fifteenth-century Stonor Letters. Reading Medieval Studies, 31, 77-95.
Payne P, Barron CM (1997). The Letters and Life of Elizabeth Despenser, Lady Zouche (d. 1408) [with letter transcriptions by Alison Truelove]. Nottingham Medieval Studies, 41, 126-156.


Truelove A (2005). Glossary and Index. In Beadle R, Richmond C (Eds.) Paston Letters and Papers of the Fifteenth Century (Part III), Oxford University Press for Early English Text Society.
Truelove A (2005). Introduction. In Truelove A, Radulescu R (Eds.) Gentry Culture in Late-Medieval England, Manchester University Press, 1-17.
Truelove A (2005). Literacy. In Truelove A, Radulescu R (Eds.) Gentry Culture in Late-Medieval England, Manchester University Press, 84-99.
Truelove A (2002). Commanding communications: the fifteenth-century letters of the Stonor women. In Daybell J (Ed) Early Modern Women's Letter-Writing 1450-1700, Palgrave, 126-156.
Truelove A (2001). Britain: Medieval Letters. In Jolly M (Ed) Encyclopedia of Life Writing Autobiographical and Biographical Forms, Routledge.

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External Engagement and Impact

Committee/panel activities

Chair, Chartered Association of Business Schools' Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee

Member, Science Industry Partnership Board

External Examiner Positions

External Peer, King's Business School, King's College London 

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