Dr Steve McDonald

Director of Learning and Teaching

Faculty:Faculty of Business and Law

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Enterprise , Business, management and leadership

Research Supervision:Yes

Steve McDonald is responsible for ensuring quality and standards in learning and teaching, exploring and delivering new teaching approaches.



Before joining the Faculty of Business and Law, Steve worked in industry in a variety of management positions. Additionally, he has worked as a consultant for SMEs, specifically in the hospitality area and the building area. He has experience in setting up and developing small businesses.

Steve has been teaching for over fourteen years, receiving awards and recognition for his teaching (PGCertEd & SFHEA). He has been actively involved in the last five years in developing and implementing new teaching approaches, such as team-based learning and activity-based learning to engage students in their learning and development. Steve is currently working on supporting students to develop their emotional intelligence, professional resilience and wellbeing through his cognitive intervention approach to teaching.

Research interests

  • Learning and teaching developing active learning
  • Student wellbeing and professional development
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion

Currently Steve’s primary areas of research are exploring and understanding how we can use the active learning in the class room to not only enhance the learning experience and depth of learning, but to also develop student’s wellbeing and emotional intelligence through a cognitive behavioural approach to teaching. His other area of interest is exploring the paradigms that have been created within the workplace for minority groups and how through a better understanding of the paradigms a more inclusive workplace can be created.

Areas of research supervision

  • DBA in Business Management
  • DBA in People Management
  • PhD in developing student emotional intelligence
  • PhD in developing employability skills for students


  • Academic Skills
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Management
  • Management and Leadership
  • Research Methodology
  • Management and Diversity


  • PhD, Anglia Ruskin University
  • PGCE, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Post graduate certificate in Management Studies, Anglia Ruskin University
  • MA Gender Studies, Anglia Ruskin University
  • BA (Hons) English, Anglia Ruskin University

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy
  • Visiting Fellow for Business Education, Lincoln University
  • Anglia Ruskin University Teaching Fellow