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Ross Kemble: Management Science

Suffolk Executive MBA Programme Leader – University of Suffolk

Dr Ross Kemble completed his PhD at Anglia Ruskin in 2017 and, as of 2022, is working as the Suffolk Executive MBA Programme Leader at the University of Suffolk.

Moving toward senior management

‘Since I graduated, I have worked as Postgraduate Research Researcher Development Programme Manager at Anglia Ruskin University designing, coordinating and leading on the Researcher Development Programme.

'I then moved to the University of Suffolk (UoS) to become Masters in Business Administration (MBA) Programme Leader. As programme leader I am responsible for the academic management and development of the MBA and Senior Leaders Apprenticeship Programme. I have recently taken on other responsibilities within the level 7 provision at UoS, for example (Acting) MSc International Business Management Course Leader. Finally, I am an external examiner at Chester University and Coventry University.'

Ross found jobs.ac.uk a useful resource for finding academic jobs after finishing his PhD. He also thinks his ‘supervisor was a good starting point [to finding work]’ as well as ‘attending lots of conferences to get yourself out there.'

"Try and engage in all the events which are available. Don't be afraid to put yourself out there."

Using my skills as a leader

Reflecting on the skills he gained while completing his PhD at ARU, Ross believes his ‘communication skills really improved throughout my PhD and I also believe the way I thought about problems evolved through the process.'

These skills have made an invaluable contribution towards Ross’s current leadership role as ‘they have assisted me in building my career particularly as I move more toward senior management.'

When asked if he has any tips for PhD students, Ross advises ‘Try and engage in all the workshops/networking events which are available, and try and attend a few conferences. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.'

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