Ms Rebecca Burke

About

After completing my undergraduate degree in Philosophy I have gone on to enjoy over 24 years of building a successful career in project and programme management. Briefly coming back into academia to complete my MBA in 2007, I then went on to successfully climb the leadership ladder within a wide variety of businesses and public sector organisations, and since 2013 have been operating at Director-level in a number of telecommunications companies before setting up my own project management consultancy business in 2017. I was drawn back to academia in 2019 following my experience of pay inequity at work, which then prompted me to begin my PhD journey in understanding more about the impacts that this type of workplace trauma has on individuals and organisations. Whether through research and education, or through TV and media, alongside my new academic career as a Project Management Lecturer, I am committed to continuing to strive towards opening the ‘black box' of attitudes and behaviours that sustain the unequal treatment of women in the workplace, adopting both a qualitative and feminist approach to my research, which attempts to explain and understand women's lived-experiences. This unique research will allow for the emergence of new social and psychology theories that describe how pay inequity affects the lives and careers of women in today's society.  

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer

Qualifications

  • BA
  • MBA
  • MRes

Teaching and learning

I teach across a number of modules within the Kingston Business School, with a focus on Project Management Practices across an array of organisational settings, including international business, business administration and management. My Project Management teaching focussing on delivering practical skills to students for the most commonly adopted Project Management methodologies used across all industries today. Ranging from Traditional methods (PRINCE2), as well as AGILE methodologies with a focus on the AGILE PM (DSDM) approach. Students learn methodological approaches, are introduced to the tools and techniques for key activities within the project lifecycle, such as product based planning and burn-down charts, which they then apply to case study or 'real-world' projects within each workshop session. All of my students are offered the opportunity to take a certification in both PRINCE2 and AGILE Foundation courses; and upon successful completion will receive a certification to put onto their CVs to support their future careers and job prospects. Modules that I lead at Kingston University are the post-graduate BB7018, BB7564 including the GISMA Hamburg instances, and provide support to the undergraduate module of BB5109. I also provide guest lectures on Project Management into the Masters in Healthcare course run at the University. 

I have also been involved in delivering lectures about my research topic that focusses on pay equity for women. I have delivered guest sessions at Level 5 and 6 of the HRM modules on the Business Course, and also on the Corporate Social Responsibility module for the Level 7s on the International Business Masters course.

I am also into the second part of the ILT offered at Kingston University to enhance my teaching and learning approach, which I am using to support my development of the modules listed above. I hope to finalise my FHEA application in April 2023 so as to achieve FHEA status then.

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught

Research

I am in my 3rd year of my part-time PhD, having completed the MRes in the first year 2020. My PhD topic has been shaped around the following problem statement:

Paying women in the UK less than men for doing the same job is bad for women, families, business and society. Solving this problem will involve an entrepreneurial approach to the creation of workable interventions, aimed at breaking the systematic undervaluing of women and their skills. The current social justice movements for women (such as 'me too') could present an opportunity for positive change to happen within a five year horizon.

This research involves the following:

1. What do we know about pay inequity and how it affects people, businesses and society?

2. What happens when women discover they are being paid unfairly?

3. How can we intervene within businesses to prevent the negative affects that pay inequity has on women, businesses and society?

Areas of specialism

  • Social Justice Theory
  • Gender Pay Gap
  • Gender Equality
  • Pay Equity
  • Equal Pay Law

Business, knowledge transfer and international

I have gained over 18 years of expertise in the field of transformational change management with a particular emphasis on strategy, portfolio management and operational performance. I now own and run a small Project Management consultancy project where I provide expertise, resource and advice into businesses on an ad hoc basis around my other commitments. 

Qualifications and PROFESSIONAL expertise

  • Project Management
  • Programme Management
  • Portfolio Management
  • Risk Management
  • PRINCE2
  • AGILE

Areas of interest

  • Project Management
  • Programme Management
  • Portfolio Management
  • Delivering Strategy

Industry links

  • Telecommunications
  • Central Government
  • Retail
  • Construction
  • Technology

Social media

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