David Ellis

David Ellis


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    David is an Assistant Professor in Project Management within the School of Strategy and Leadership. David is a PRINCE 2 qualified project manager with 20+ years’ experience in private and not-for-profit sectors, including telecommunications, ICT, sustainable energy, rural development and agriculture. Prior to becoming a full-time academic, he co-ordinated the UK involvement in two European Commission funded projects designed to improve energy efficiency.

    David’s teaching experience stems from delivering TQM training in the 1990s, designing and delivering CPD courses in Project Management through the University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning and developing and facilitating workshops on strategic planning for charity CEOs (funded through the  Cabinet Office's Capacity Builders programme). He currently teaches Strategic Portfolio and Programme Management for MSc students and leads the Undergraduate Internship programme. 

    David is currently Course Director for the BSc. Project Management degree apprenticeship programme. David has an MSc in Telecommunications and Information Systems from Essex University, a PG Diploma in Applied Management from Salford University and a BSc in Computer Science and Chemistry from Aston University. He has a PG Certificate in Higher Education and is a Senior Fellow of the HEA.


    Area of Expertise:

    Programme and Project Management

    Benefits Management

    Teaching and Learning

    Research Interests

    Business Strategy; Project Management; Academic Integrity; Business Engagement; Technology Enhanced Learning; Outcomes monitoring and evaluation

    Vision Statement

    My main research interest is in pedagogy, in particular how new technology can enhance teaching and learning. With my commercial background, I am keen to develop closer links with business in applied research/consultancy as well as exploring opportunities for student internships and other ways of exposing students to real-life business situations.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

    Education/Academic qualification

    Higher Education, Postgraduate Certificate, Coventry University

    Award Date: 1 Jul 2015

    Management Application, Postgraduate Diploma, University of Salford

    Award Date: 1 Jul 1993

    Telecommunications and Information Systems, MSc, University of Essex

    Award Date: 1 Jul 1989

    Computer Science and Chemistry, Degree, Aston University

    Award Date: 1 Jul 1983

    External positions

    Project Manager (Freelance)

    Sept 2009Aug 2013

    Company Secretary, Ruralnet UK

    Jul 2007Jul 2009

    Project Manager, Ruralnet UK

    Mar 2004Jun 2007

    Information and Training co-ordinator, Mind

    May 2003Mar 2004

    Software Development Manager, Marconi Communications

    Jun 1999Apr 2002

    Team and Project Leader, Marconi Communications

    Mar 1992May 1999

    Project Manager, GEC Telecommunications Ltd

    May 1989Feb 1992

    Software Engineer, GEC Telecommunications Ltd

    Oct 1983Sept 1987


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