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David A. Kirby is a Professor of Entrepreneurship. He has responsibility for Research and Enterprise.
Since joining the University in the Spring of 2000, he has established a pre-incubator on the University’s Research Park and developed teaching programmes in Entrepreneurship at the Masters and undergraduates levels, including a new BSc degree in Entrepreneurship, IT and Technology, faculty development programmes and an extra curricular Business Start-up programme for students of any discipline, in association with the Students Union.
Prior to joining the University, he held research, teaching and management positions in the Universities of Liverpool, Wales and Middlesex respectively, and at the Manchester and Durham University Business Schools, as well as visiting appointments overseas, primarily in Scandinavia and South Africa. Currently he holds an adjunct Professorship at the University of South Australia.
He has over 20 years experience as a teacher, trainer, researcher and consultant in the field of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, both in the UK and overseas, and was a pioneer of entrepreneurship education in the UK.
In the mid 1980s his Graduate Enterprise Programme was recognised by the Royal Society of Arts for the way it “developed the personal competence and confidence of its participants and for the way such a high proportion of those participants turned their academic knowledge and skills into successful products and businesses of their own”.
Areas of Expertise
He is a Director of the Institute for Small Business Affairs, whose annual Policy and Research Conference he is organising later in the year, and a former Senior Vice President and Director of the International Council for Small Business. In recognition of his consultancy and training work with small businesses he has been elected to a Fellowship of the Institute of Business Advisers and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) for his contribution to the Society’s Education for Capability Programme.
Most recently he has sat on a Department for Education and Skills Working Party to consider how Universities may work more closely with Small Firms and a Working Party of the National Council for Excellence in Management and Leadership, which considered the contribution of University Business Schools.
As a result of his personal research, which is at the Entrepreneurship/Marketing interface, he has published 115 journal articles and 16 books and research monographs, including “Entrepreneurship” (McGraw-Hill, 2002). He has extensive experience of working with the media.