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Judith Shawcross

Judith Shawcross

Head, Executive and Professional Development:

IfM Education and Consultancy Services

Co-ordinator: Manufacturing Industry Education Research Group

Office Phone: 01223 765603


Before joining the Institute for Manufacturing ("IfM"), Judith Shawcross worked at the Manchester Science Enterprise Centre developing and delivering innovative Enterprise programmes at both post graduate and undergraduate levels. She then moved on to be Course Director of the MSc in Science Entrepreneurship at Cass Business School.

Judith also has 15 years industrial experience in a major UK science and engineering company where she held a variety of roles including Manufacturing Management, Engineering Design and Project Management, Strategic Corporate Planning, Business Development and Human Resources Training and Development.

Judith Shawcross undertook a mix of teaching, training and research roles at IfM in the fields of Technology and Innovation Management and Transferrable Skills during the five years prior to starting her role in Executive and Professional Development in IfM Education and Consultancy Services (IfM ECS) in September 2012. Her focus is now the design, development and delivery of customised education programmes for corporate clients using the extensive expertise available at IfM. 

Her research interests in Education are now being pursued through her role as coordinator of the Manufacturing Industry Education Research Group and her doctoral studies. 

She has B.Eng. from Bristol University and an MBA from Manchester Business School.


Academic Interests

  • Design, delivery and assessment of learning experiences that promote learning and deliver impact
  • Skills for industry / business / enterprise and how they are developed
  • Engineering Education
  • Use of projects and placements in skill development
  • Technology and Innovation Management

Departments and Institutes

Institute for Manufacturing:
Head, Executive and Professional Development: IfM Education and Consultancy Services

Research Interests

Judith Shawcross has research interests in Education which are now being pursued as a Doctoral student investigating professional work and related skill development in Higher Education. 

Key Publications

  • Shawcross, J. K. & Ridgman, T. W. 2015. Designing Research for Theory and Practice, REES 2015. Dublin.
  • Shawcross, J.K. & Ridgman, T.W. 2014. Short Industrial Placements - developing an activity based framework to support teaching and learning. Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning,  Vol 4, Issue 3
  • Shawcross, J.K. & Ridgman, T.W. 2014. Completing the SIP activity framework – what through placement activities should they, and do they, do? SEFI 2014. Birmingham, UK.
  • Shawcross, J.K. and Ridgman, T.W. (2013) Publishing Engineering Education Research, Higher Education Academy. View here external link.
  • Shawcross, J.K. and Ridgman, T.W. (2013) Two week, industrial placements for Masters students - What do they, and should they, do? SEFI 41st Annual Conference: Leuven, Belgium. View here external link. The activity framework referred to in the paper above can be found here.
  • Shawcross, J.K. and Ridgman, T.W. (2013) Manufacturing Excellent Engineers; skill development in a Masters programme, Engineering Education: a Journal of the Higher Education Academy, Volume 7, Issue 2. View here external link.
  • Shawcross, J.K. and Ridgman, T.W. (2012) Towards a skills development framework, SRHE Conference. View here external link.
  • Shawcross, J. (2012) Manufacturing Excellent Engineers: Skill Development in a Masters Programme. EE2012 Innovation, Practice and Research in Engineering Education. View here external link.
  • Shawcross, J. (2010) Developing competences to take emerging technologies to market – an exploratory study. 

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