Rachel Dickinson
Associate Professor
(Entrepreneurship & Innovation Group)

Rachel is Associate Professor of Creative Business Education and founder member of WBS Create. She is academic programme director of WBS Coach, an arts informed enrichment Scholarship Programme targeting students from non-traditional and underrepresented backgrounds and is seconded to the Dean of Students' Office as Faculty Senior Tutor for the Arts. Rachel holds numerous teaching awards including a National Teaching Fellowship (NTF). She is Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and Fellow of the Warwick International Higher Education Academy (WIHEA).

Her research on the UG Business Ethics module Acting Responsibly won the Management Education Division MED Global Forum Best Paper, Sponsored by Maynooth University. The award recognizes the submission that best creates the opportunity to address global issues of significance to management education and/or development.

Dickinson, R and Hadjimichael, D. (2023) A Theatre Pedagogy for Teaching Moral Imagination, Organizational Aesthetics, 12(1).

In 2009, Rachel was awarded a prestigious Creativity and Performance in Teaching and Learning (CAPITAL) Creative Fellowship, pivotal in driving the academic content of the nationally successful Royal Shakespeare Company Learning Performance Network accredited programmes (PG Award in Teaching Shakespeare), prior to becoming the Academic Director for the international distance learning programme Teaching Shakespeare on-line and MA in the Advanced Teaching of Shakespeare at WBS (2011-16).

Her career in Higher Education began in the Drama and Theatre Education Department at Warwick during which time she grew and led a nationally respected Initial Teacher Education programme for Drama and English teachers, with special interest in Drama as a tool for school improvement in complex urban settings.

Dickinson. R and Neelands, J. (2005) Improve Your Primary School Through Drama, London, Fulton.

Research Interests

Rachel's research focuses on experiential practice, drawing on the arts and humanities to elicit insights for responsible management and leadership, including the shaping of personal, professional, and social identities. As an experienced drama and theatre educator Rachel is interested in fostering rehearsal room approaches in business education to promote socially inclusive practices.