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Dr. Luke Pittaway Appointed Visiting Professor at Leeds University

On March 2nd it was announced by the Leeds University Business School in the United Kingdom that Dr. Luke Pittaway has been appointed a Visiting Professor.  In this role he will be working with his former PhD student Richard Tunstall on research projects related to corporate venturing and with his mentor Prof. Richard Thorpe on research projects focused on entrepreneurial learning.  In addition Dr. Pittaway will draw on his previous experience with the White Rose Centre for Excellence in the Teaching and Learning of Enterprise (Leeds; Sheffield and York) to work with the director at Leeds, his former Lancaster colleague Prof. Nigel Lockett.

About Leeds University Business School

The Leeds University Business School (LUBS) is one of the largest, most influential business schools in the UK. The building is at a beautiful site and has been cleverly renovated and modernized, from its former function as a grammar school, to provide excellent facilities for learning, teaching and research. The university has also constructed further modern buildings on the business school area of campus known as the Innovation Hub; costing £9.3 million. The building is a three-store building with the third floor accommodating the Innovation Hub.

Quick facts

* Ranked 94th in the world and 15th in the UK (Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2011)

* Ranked 63rd out of 75 European Business Schools (Financial Times European Business School Rankings 2011

* Ranked 6th in the UK for research in business and management (RAE 2008)

* One of 20 UK business schools to have EQUIS accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)

About University of Leeds

The University of Leeds is located in the city of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It was founded in 1904, but its origins go back to t­he nineteenth century with the founding of the Leeds School of Medicine in 1831 and then the Yorkshire College of Science in 1874. Leeds is a leading research institution, and a member of the Russell Group.

The University of Leeds strives to create, advance and disseminate knowledge, which not only develops outstanding graduates and scholars, but also has a direct impact on global society. Many of the academic departments have specialist research facilities, for use by staff and students to support research from internationally significant collections in university libraries to state-of-the-art laboratories. The degrees are also well respected by employers and universities worldwide, and in the latest World University League Tables, published in October 2009, the employer review score was 99 out of 100.

Integrating research with learning and teaching is at the heart of the university’s strategy; courses are taught by staff who are engaged in world-class research and cutting-edge professional practice. The teaching programs are underpinned by this research – meaning students have the opportunity to learn about the research process and experience how new knowledge is created.

The student population includes 33,585 students from 142 countries making the university the fifth largest university in the United Kingdom. While maintaining its strengths in the traditional subjects (for example more students studying languages and physical sciences than anywhere else in the UK), Leeds has also developed expertise in more distinctive and rare specialist areas such as Color Chemistry, Fire Science, Nanotechnology and Aviation Technology with Pilot studies.

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