Paul Smith

Dr Paul Smith, Higher and Degree Apprenticeships Manager 

Paul Smith

My role

I have worked in UK higher education for over 20 years in a variety of roles with my last role being Director of Degree Apprenticeships. Before entering higher education, I was a training manager in the NHS. 

I provide strategic leadership for degree apprenticeships delivered by the Lifelong Learning Centre and my role covers the following areas: partnership working with key stakeholders, project management ensuring effective management of change, business development and overseeing quality assurance. I am also responsible for making sure the Lifelong Learning Centre is at the forefront of policy developments. 

In 2008 I obtained my PhD from the University of Leeds and have subsequently pursued research in work-based learning and higher education policy. I am currently a member of the editorial board of the journal Industry and Higher Education. 

Areas of expertise: work-based learning, apprenticeships, higher education  policy, learning and development.  


  • PhD Work-based Learning 
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education  
  • Diploma in Training Management  
  • MA Political Sociology  

Professional memberships 

Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development 


Barkas, L, Scott, J, Poppitt, N and Smith, P (2017) ‘Tinker, Tailor, Policy-Maker: Can the UK Government's Teaching Excellence Framework deliver its objectives?’ Journal of Further and Higher Education. 

Watson, Kayleigh, McGowan, Pauric and Smith, Paul J (2015) ‘Leveraging effectual means through business plan competition participation’ Industry and Higher Education, (6). pp. 481-492. ISSN 0950-4222. 

Watson. K, McGowan. P and Smith, Paul J (2014) ‘Extracurricular business planning competitions: challenging the assumptions’ Industry and Higher Education Vol 28, No.6 ISSN 0950-4222. 

Smith, Paul J, Poppitt, N and Scott, J (2013) ‘A critical account of practice within an innovative Foundation Degree in UK higher education’, Education + Training, 55 (6). pp. 599-616. ISSN 0040-0912.  

Smith, P.J, Hampson, L, Scott, J.M. & Bower, K (2011) ‘Introducing innovation in a management development programme for a UK Primary care organisation’, Journal of Health & Organisation Management, 25 (3), pp.261-280. 

Book Chapters 

Smith, P.J & Preece, D (2010) ‘Work-Based Learning Programmes in English universities: Government Policy & Organisational Practice’ in Van Woerkom, M & Poell, R (Ed) Workplace Learning: Concepts, measurement and application, Routledge.