Professor Angus Laing

Angus Laing

Currently the Dean of Lancaster University Management School, Angus was previously the Dean of Business and Economics at Loughborough University and prior to that was Head of School of the University of Glasgow Business School. 
He has served as Chair of the Chartered Association of Business Schools and currrently is Chair of the Board of the CABS Academic Journal Guide. He has served on various of the European Foundation for Management Development and regularly chairs business school accreditation panels on behalf of EFMD and AACSB. He is the co-founder of Nurture HE and serves on the Advisory Board of MBU Capital.


Angus will be delivering the workshop Changing patterns and models of academic staffing in research intensive universities on Wednesday 10 July with Paul Bousted, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development, Lancaster University and UHR Chair.


Universities face an increasingly complex and diverse set of demands. Excellent research performance, outstanding student experience and graduate outcomes, and active engagement with civic society are core to the operations of the contemporary university. Delivering on these multifarious dimensions requires wide and specialist skill sets and the ability to bring such skills together into cross-functional teams. Increasingly, questions are being posed as to whether the traditional academic staffing model is fit for purpose and whether there is an emerging model that brings together the skills and expertise of a range of different types of staff to meet the demands facing universities. 
It is, however, clear that two of the enduring characteristics of university staffing models’ conflict with such contemporary requirements. One is the persistence of the multi-skilled academic undertaking, research, teaching, engagement and “administration”. The other characteristic is the hard boundary between academic and professional service staff. Anchored in tradition and legacy, these characteristics are stubbornly resistant to change.
Focused on the reprofiling of the staffing mix within a large leading UK business school and how this model can be utilized in the wider university context, we explore the development, and implications, of more specialized academic roles, the blurring of the boundary between academic and professional staff, and the emphasis on team-based delivery of research, teaching and engagement.
This page was last update on 20 March 2019