Office location 5.26 Business School, Manchester Campus
Office hours Tuesday 10 - 11am and 2-3pm
Who am I?
Who am I?
Over 15 years experience as a lecturer in Higher Education working in People Management at UCLAN, Derby and MMUBS. 10 years experience working within the Public and Voluntary Sector; 3 years experience Managing Small Business. Knowledge and experience in the fields of Organisational Change and Culture, Leadership and Workplace Stress; Facilitating Action Learning and Self-Directed Learning Sets; currently working for SERCO on their Integrated Centre Leadership Programme as a Mentor to Senior Leaders on the programme. Professional Qualifications: MBTI Level 1 Assessor Graduate member of British Psychological Society Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Why do I teach?
I am passionate about my role as a teacher and developer of students. I love working with students and find it such a rewarding career.
I came into Education following a career in the NHS as a senior manager, and have never regretted the decision to change careers. The opportunity to work with people is very energising, especially when you can see them develop and become more confident in themselves.
I have been fortunate to meet up with so many talented individuals over the course of my career. To watch these individuals develop over the course of their degree programme is a very special experience, and the icing on the cake is watching them walk across the stage at the Graduation Ceremony in July.
Academic and professional qualifications
Over 20 years experience as a lecturer in Higher Education working in People Management at UCLAN, Derby and MMUBS. 10 years experience working within the Public and Voluntary Sector; 3 years experience Managing Small Business. Knowledge and experience in the fields of Organisational Change and Culture, Leadership and Workplace Stress; Facilitating Action Learning and Self-Directed Learning Sets; previous external work - Mentor to Senior Leaders in Education - Integrated Centre Leadership Programme (SERCO). Lead Researcher on European Social Fund Project on Older Workers in the North West (2010-2012). Executive Member of University Forum for Human Resource Development (UFHRD). Chair of 17th International Conference on Leadership, Diversity and Changing Practices in Human Resource Development in a Global Context; UFHRD - Manchester 8-10th June 2016. Professional Qualifications: MBTI Level 1 Assessor Graduate member of British Psychological Society Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; Academic Member of Chartered Institute of Personal Development.
External Examiner at Sheffield Hallam and Northumbria University.
Senior Management in the NHS
Director of a Local Mental Health Charity (MIND)
Other academic service (administration and management)
Teaching Leadership and change management on the Undergraduate, Masters and Executive Leadership Programmes.
Subject Lead for the Leadership and OB Group
Research Expertise, Publications & Grants
Linda completed her PhD at the University of Manchester on the role of EAPs as a mechanism for managing work related stress. The research was focused in both the Banking sector and local government. Linda's current area of interest is employer attitudes towards older workers and she is the Lead Evaluator on a European Social Fund Northwest (ESF) project in the Northwest, and is involved with undertaking a small scale research on HRD and the older employee in the financial sector.
Books (authored/edited/special issues)
P. Sandiford, G. Wright, LP. Alker (2015). Research on Emotion in Organizations. Emerald.
LP. Alker (2010). Identification of Attitudes and Good Practice in the Management of Older Workers Within SME's and Micro Businesses. Not given.
LP. Alker (2010). Are Small Businesses More Supportive When It Comes To Older Workers?. Not Given.
LP. Alker, C. Cooper (2007). The complexities of undertaking counselling evaluation in the workplace. Counselling Psychology Quarterly. 20(2), pp.177-190.
L. Alker, D. Mchugh (2000). Human resource maintenance? – Organisational rationales for the introduction of employee assistance programmes. Journal of Managerial Psychology. 15(4), pp.303-323.
ZW. Abualhamael, L. Alker, R. Pagano, B. Lupton (2017). Leadership is the Art of Orchestrating Energy: The Context of Saudi Higher Education. 9/6/2017.
ZW. Abualhamael, L. Alker, R. Pagano, B. Lupton (2016). The Relation Between Leadership Style, Productive Energy and Job Satisfaction. Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom, 4/6/2016.
ZW. Abualhamael, L. Alker, R. Pagano, B. Lupton (2016). The Correlation Between Leadership and Job Satisfaction: The Saudi Arabian Context. University of South Florida, 13/5/2016.
Z. Abualhamael, L. Alker, RL. Pagano (2016). The Relationship Between Leadership Style, Productive Organisational Energy and Job Satisfaction: The Context of HEIs in Saudi Arabia. Manchester, UK, 1/1/2016.
M. Antoniadou, P. Sandiford, G. Wright, L. Alker The power of Greek ancient philosophy in studying workplace emotions: a theoretical discussion based on some empirical findings from Cyprus. University of Edinburgh, 15/7/2015.
Z. Albualhamael, LP. Alker, R. Pagano, B. Lupton The Power of Productive Energy. University College Cork, 2/6/2015.
ZW. Abualhamael, L. Alker, R. Pagano, B. Lupton (2015). The Impact of Leadership Style and Productive Energy on Job Satisfaction. Imperial College, London, 20/1/2015.
A. Rowe, A. Davis, LP. Alker (2014). Reconciling the Deal - A Local Authority Employee Engagement Study During Austerity. Edinburgh, UK, 1/7/2014.
LP. Alker (2014). A Skill Resource For The Future - Why Should Age Be An Issue?. Edinburgh, UK, 4/6/2014.
LP. Alker Ageing and Society, Older Workers. Common Ground Publishing, Chicago, USA, 8/11/2013.
LP. Alker, J. Pswarayi (2013). The Interaction of Diversity Management and the Role of Intersectionality in the Positioning of Racial Others in the Workplace. University of Brighton, Brighton, UK, 5/6/2013.
LP. Alker, A. Hughes Female Under-Representation in Greater Manchester Police Tactical Firearms Unit - "A Victim of Culture". University of Brighton, Brighton, UK, 5/6/2013.
LP. Alker, M. Powell The Changing Role of Training for Older Workers in a Financial Sector of Declining Trust. Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK, 9/6/2010.
LP. Alker, M. Powell The Changing Role of Training for Older Workers in a Financial Sector Climate of Declining Trust. Pec University, Pec, Hungary, 8/6/2010.
LP. Alker, M. Powell HRD and the Older Employee in the UK Financial Sector. 9/9/2009.
LP. Alker, M. Powell HRD and the Older Employee in the Financial Sector. Newcastle Business School, 1/7/2009.
LP. Alker Attitudes and Actions Towards Older Workers in SMEs. Lille, France, 1/7/2008.
LP. Alker Is Small Beautiful When It Comes to the Management of Older Workers. Ljublijana, 1/7/2007.
LP. Alker Is Small Beautiful When It Comes to Employing Older Workers. 1/5/2007.
C. Parkinson, LP. Alker Absence Management on the Line. 1/3/2007.
ST. Sturges, L. Alker (2010). How do you engage a cohort of managers in reflective practice and take them on a journey towards self-awareness.