Professor Emma Martin

Tell us about your contribution that has been recognised through the professorship.

My professorship was awarded based upon a sustained outstanding contribution to Teaching and Learning (T&L) as well as Academic Citizenship and Leadership (AC&L), with a significant contribution to Research and Innovation (R&I). Throughout my career I have always valued the development of a strong working alignment between education, industry, and research and this has driven my practice and influenced my choices. I never aspired to a focused research career and hence being a professor was not a career goal.

My drive has come from wanting to deliver an excellent student experience that meets the needs of industry and is underpinned by a strong academic discipline. This inclusive strategy has been central with collaborative partnerships, aligning individual and organisational objectives and driving the academic discipline forward to the benefit of all parties. At the heart of my philosophy around leadership and management is the strategic growth of the academic team and discipline.

Some highlights are:

  • National leadership of academic discipline body
  • Sector leading portfolio as evidenced by international rankings and accreditations: top 30 worldwide on QS rankings, global accreditations e.g EFMD, AACSB
  • Influential pedagogic research leading to unique pedagogic models
  • Leadership and development of innovative international partnerships
  • Esteem in my discipline area
  • Doctoral completions and examinations
  • REF track record
  • Research leadership at department, research unit, college and university level.

What does it mean personally to you to be a Professor at Sheffield Hallam?

It’s great to get the recognition for a continued contribution in your career and hopefully it gives me the opportunity to inspire and develop another generation of academics who are passionate about their area of work whether that’s teaching and learning, research or business application.

Tell us a bit about your career story so far. 

I joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2002 after completing my doctorate on a graduate tutor programme at the University of Nottingham. Over my time at the University I have held departmental roles in course and programme leadership as well as cross faculty/college roles relating to marketing and recruitment, the graduate tutor scheme, staff induction, led on SBS academic conduct work alongside actively participating in quality committees and the SBS Partnership forum. I have led re-validations, accreditations, periodic review, Ofsted, collaborative partnerships, off site provision and the department’s research and business development agenda.

Externally I have had a long standing relationship with the Council for Hospitality Management Education (CHME) and for nearly 20 years been actively part of the organising committee for the annual conference, part of the executive leadership team and an elected national secretary.

My role as Head of Department allowed me to drive change and lead conversations on future strategy and how this long term vision can re-invigorate the curriculum offer, focus our research contribution and offer innovation with industry partnerships.

My current role as Associate Dean Research and Innovation sees me leading more widely across business, computing and engineering to develop and deliver the college R&I strategy.

If you could go back in time and give yourself some career advice, what would it be?

  1. Do what you love
  2. Log what you do
  3. Try not to miss too many great opportunities – but realise you cannot take on the world
  4. Finish the dissemination of projects with external outputs
  5. Remember sometimes you need to make a strategic choice about what you do

What’s next? Tell us about how you want to further develop your contribution.

Since putting in my professorial application I have secured the Associate Dean Research and Innovation role and am keen to further develop interdisciplinary work across key areas of the college and University. I am also excited to be part of developing future talent that will lead and grow our academic disciplines and I look forward to continuing to work with my doctoral students.