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School of Business and Management

Dr Patrick McGurk


Reader in Management Practice / Deputy Director of Education

Telephone: +44(0) 20 7882 5977
Room Number: Room 3.03B Bancroft Building, Mile End Campus
Office Hours: Mondays, 12pm to 1pm Fridays, 2pm to 3pm


Student drop-in and feedback hours

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Fridays, 2pm to 3pm


Reader in Management Practice / Deputy Director of Education

Patrick leads on teaching and learning transformation projects for the School of Business and Management.

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).

Patrick is external examiner for the BA Business Management and the OTH Regensburg partnership at Oxford Brookes University and served as an appointed member of the Mayor of London’s Skills for Londoners Stakeholder Advisory Group.

Patrick is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Programme Director: Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (Social Change)

Module Organiser:

BUS344 Mentoring and Coaching

BUSM149 Leadership in the Social and Public Sectors


Research Interests:

Employment and skills, including apprenticeships and welfare-to-work; employer engagement; leadership and management.

Research Awards

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

Principal Investigator, British Academy Leverhulme Trust Small Grant, ‘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), £9,077, August 2016.

Research Project Report.

Coverage in The Guardian online 12 September 2019.


  • 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).


Second Supervisor:

  • Richard Meredith ‘Employer engagement with government employment and skills initiatives (University of Greenwich)
  • Matthew Cook ‘Leadership development in the Fire and Rescue Service’ (QMUL).

Public Engagement

“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.