Bishop Grosseteste University

Research is an integral part of academic life at Bishop Grosseteste and forms one of the defining characteristics of the university’s culture. Research stimulates innovation in learning and teaching, informs our practices and pushes back the boundaries of knowledge and changes lives.

Research is important to us at BG for its intrinsic as well as extrinsic value and our Centre for Educational Development and Research (CEDaR) supports research among staff and students across the institution.

Doctoral Study at Bishop Grosseteste

Studying for a doctoral level qualification is one of the most exciting, stimulating and challenging things you can do. BG’s innovative doctoral programmes are designed to empower you as a professional educator to conduct robust research focused on the critical analysis of evidence, pushing back the boundaries of knowledge, developing policy and professional practice, and improving the quality of education as a whole.

By undertaking doctoral level study, you will both join and contribute towards BG’s growing community of scholars and intellectual community in the heart of the cathedral and historic city of Lincoln. With degrees awarded by the University of Leicester, BG offers the opportunity to study for a full or part-time PhD or a part-time EdD. Each postgraduate route is designed to help obtain a doctoral level qualification, but each is intended to accommodate different student circumstances and preferred modes of study.

Research Lead: Professor David Rae

Professor David Rae is a leading innovator and researcher in the human and social dynamics of entrepreneurship, learning and small business management.  He has achieved professional and academic recognition for his contributions to entrepreneurship research, education, policy and regional development, with international connections in both Europe and North America, and is in demand as an inspirational keynote speaker at international and professional conferences.

He has a significant track record in the leadership of business and enterprise in Higher Education. A key skill is his ability to engage academic, business, professional, community, and policy leaders and audiences in proactive innovation, learning and change. Prior to joining Bishop Grosseteste University in October 2015, he was Dean of the Shannon School of Business, Cape Breton University, Canada in 2014-15. Previously, he was Professor of Business & Enterprise at the University of Lincoln in the United Kingdom from June 2006, where he held senior roles in Lincoln Business School as Director of Enterprise & Innovation and Head of Postgraduate Programmes. He has been a key member of the Executive Management groups at Cape Breton University, Lincoln Business School and previously Derbyshire Business School, responsible for developing new income streams based on research, enterprise and learning as well as enhancing student experience and learning.

He is a Fellow of the UK Institute for Small Business & Entrepreneurship, having been a Board member, trustee and Vice-President for Education. . He holds a PhD in Entrepreneurial Learning and has written a number of books on entrepreneurship and learning together with many academic journal articles and book contributions. His 2007 book ‘Entrepreneurship – from opportunity to action’ influenced entrepreneurship education practice internationally and the 2nd edition, ‘Opportunity-Centred Entrepreneurship’ was published in 2015.


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