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School of Business and Management

Dr Patrick McGurk


Reader in Management Practice; Associate Dean, Education

Telephone: +44(0) 20 7882 5977
Room Number: Room 4.22A, Francis Bancroft Building, Mile End Campus
Office Hours: Mondays 12.00pm - 1.00pm; Fridays 2.00pm - 3.00pm




Patrick was previously Head of Human Resources and Organisational Behaviour at the University of Greenwich and has several years of experience of management education for corporate clients across multiple sectors in the UK and Germany.

At QMUL, Patrick teaches various modules concerned with leadership and management practice at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Patrick has a PhD from the London School of Economics, and holds a Dipl. Betriebswirt, BA Hons, MA and PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education).



  • BUS254: Sector and Organisational Understanding
  • BUS344: Mentoring and Coaching


Patrick is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and a Certified Management and Business Educator (CMBE).



Current Doctoral Students:


  • Richard Meredith ‘Employer engagement with government employment and skills initiatives.' (with the University of Greenwich, completed March 2023)

Public Engagement

Patrick has served as external examiner for the BA Business Management and the OTH Regensburg partnership at Oxford Brookes University and the HRM Subject Group at University of East London. He served as an appointed member of the Mayor of London’s Skills for Londoners Stakeholder Advisory Group from 2017 to 2018 and currently serves as a member of the Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee of the Chartered Association of Business Schools.

“Authentic learning through SKETCH” by Patrick McGurk, SKETCH blog series, June 2022.

“Students coming out of lockdown” by Sultana Azmi, Ishani Chandrasekara, Patrick McGurk, Lisa Morrison and Adarsh Ramchurn, CRED blog series, Queen Mary University of London, School of Business and Management, 11 August 2019.

‘Radical Workplaces of the Future’, Chartered Management Institute Live-cast, 13 November 2019 at

‘Degree Apprenticeships’, BBC Asian Network Radio ‘Big Debate’ 23 October 2019 at [1.41:30 to 1.53:10]

‘Degree Apprenticeships’, Third Sector Magazine Podcast broadcast 21 October 2019, at

“Honda: why Swindon, like so much of England, is powerless to fight factory closures” by Patrick McGurk and Richard Meredith, The Conversation online magazine, 22 February 2019.

British Academy Leverhulme Trust Project, ‘The 'Rooney Rule' for Black Managers in English Football: the effectiveness of the Voluntary Recruitment Code’, with Sian Moore (University of Greenwich) and Michael Seeraj (Charlton Athletic Community Trust), August 2016.

Scholarly Contributions

Patrick is currently leading the BSc Business Management transformation project, which looks at curriculum improvement and increased attainment and engagement for students. He has previously worked on the creation of the BSc Business Management (Social Change) which is the School of Business and Management's Degree Apprenticeship Programme. This was one of the first Degree Apprenticeship programmes to run at Queen Mary. 

Centre and Group Membership:

Pedagogic publications:

  • Ingold, J. & McGurk, P. (eds) (2023) Employer Engagement, Bristol University Press (ISBN 978-1529222999).
  • McGurk, P and Meredith, R (2019). ‘Local employer engagement or distant elites? Local Enterprise Partnerships and employment and skills in England’, Journal of Education and Work. 31 (7-8), 692-714,
  • Van Berkel, R., Ingold, J., McGurk, P., Boselie, P., Bredgaard, T. (2017) "Editorial introduction: An introduction to employer engagement in the field of HRM. Blending insights from social policies and human resource policies", Human Resource Management Journal, 27(4), Special Issue ‘Employer engagement: connecting social policies and human resource policies for vulnerable labour market groups’. doi/10.1111/1748-8583.12169
  • McGurk, P and Allen, M. (2016) ‘Apprenticeships in England: impoverished but laddered’, Institute of Construction Economics Research, Michigan State University, Research Report available at: .
  • McGurk, P. (2014) ‘Employer engagement with active labour market policy: a human resource management perspective’, University of Greenwich Business School Working Paper Series (#WERU7), May 2014, available at:
  • Gornostaeva, G and McGurk, P. (2013) ‘Olympic Volunteering for the Unemployed: who benefits and how?’ International Journal of Employment Studies, 21(1): 5-30.
  • McGurk, P. (2013) ‘Management and leadership development in public service organisations’. In: Burke, R., Noblet, A. and C. Cooper (eds) Human resource management in the public sector, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 153-76.
  • McGurk, P. (2011) ‘Leaders in public service organisations’. In: Corby, S & Symon, G (eds) Working for the State: Employment Relations in the Public Services, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 166-188.
  • McGurk, P. (2010) ‘Outcomes of Management and Leadership Development’, Journal of Management Development, 29 (5): 457-70. DOI: 10.1108/02621711011039222 
  • McGurk, P. (2009) ‘Developing middle leaders? The realities of management and leadership development for public managers’, International Journal of Public Sector Management, 22 (6): 464-77. DOI: 10.1108/09513550910982841  (Highly Commended Paper in the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2010).

Student engagement activities:

Lead Academic, SKETCH Project (‘Student Knowledge Exchange Through Community Hubs’), Office for Students/Research England, September 2020 – August 2022 (£650,000). Find out more here about the SKETCH Project.

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