Emma Tappin

Emma Tappin BSc (Hons), MSc, MBA, Dip. Res., PgCHE, SFHEA

Senior Lecturer 

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Tel: +44 (0)1952 815452
Fax: +44 (0)1952 814783
Academic Department: Land, Farm and Agribusiness Management
Office: JA71

Teaching Duties

Emma is an experienced lecturer and industry trainer who has held several management roles within the insitution. Most recently she was responsible for postgraduate taught courses across the five departments within the University. She has also held responsibility for the PhD Personal Development Programme for research.

Her teaching has included; small business start-up, leadership and change, project management, environmental and social responsibility. Emma was awarded an Excellence Award 2008 for innovation in teaching practice.

Emma has received three Aspire Development Fellowships, including one for the development of online provision of Leadership and Professional Development and recently received an award to review adoption of enterprise education pedagogies.

Research Interests

Emma is currently undertaking a Doctorate in Business Administration at the University of Bath. The research focusses on the drivers and barriers to the adoption of real-world pedagogies.

Professional Memberships

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Module Leader

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  • Tappin, E (2006) (2006) The concept of legitimacy within non-governmental organisations. British Academy of Management, Belfast.
  • Tappin, E. (2005) Challenge and Change – International capacity building intervention and Tuvalu NGOs. World Forum on Small Island Developing States, Mauritius, 2005.
  • Llewellyn, S. and Tappin, E.M. (2003) Strategy in the public sector: Management in the wilderness. Journal of Management Studies 40, 5, pp955-982.
  • Hester, A.J., Gordon, I.J., Baillie, G.J., Tappin E.M. (1999) Foraging behaviour of sheep and red deer within natural heather/grass mosaics. Journal of Applied Ecology 36,pp133-146.

Additional Information

Prior to joining Harper Adams, Emma worked in both the NGO and public sectors in regional management and project management roles. In addition, she has worked overseas as an organisational development adviser.

During her time as the Postgraduate Programme Manager, Emma has overseen a review of a review of postgraduate provision and facilities development.

Practitioner consultancy includes:

March/April 2008       Organisational Development Adviser, Tokaut Aids, Papua New Guinea

Short term consultancy researching and advising on the development of a new indigenous NGO aimed at increasing awareness of HIV/Aids using theatre for development within remote rural regions of PNG.

March/April 2006        Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant, Tanzania

Short term volunteer consultancy working with the Northern District Authority of Zanzibar, during which I assisted District staff and community based groups to review current planning, monitoring and evaluation practices and develop new planning systems.

Sept 2001 – July 2003           Strategic Planning Adviser, British Association of Nature Conservationists

Assisted BANC to develop and implement organisation and funding strategy. Facilitated a strategic planning workshop for Council Members.

2000/2001              Organisational Development Adviser, Tuvalu Association of NGOs, Tuvalu.



Tel: +44 (0)1952 815452
Fax: +44 (0)1952 814783
Academic Department: Land, Farm and Agribusiness Management
Office: JA71

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