Photograph of Dr Bethan O’Neil.Dr Bethan O’Neil

Lecturer in Business & Management
BA (Hons) Business Law, (Coventry);
PGCE, (Warwick);
MA Law & Sociology, (Brunel);
PhD Higher Education Management, (Surrey)


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Teaching Areas

Corporate Responsibility & Business Leadership; Operations & Innovation Management; Small Business Management & Entrepreneurship


  • Corporate Governance, models of governance; leadership & management, roles of the CEO; organisational development & transformation (particularly concepts of ‘challenge’, ‘trust’, ‘hubris’)
  • HE shape, structures & systems and contribution to the knowledge economy: particularly strategic alliances, innovation, collaboration and inter-organisational working (including cross-sector); policy, people & process paradigms; HE in Further Education patterns & delivery.
  • Economic regeneration, Creative Industries and vocational skills, training & workforce development in FE/HE policy contexts; lifelong learning


Bethan O’Neil is an experienced higher education professional, having worked in dual capacities as an academic lecturer and manager in law, management and business, and in senior administrative/executive posts as University Secretary/Clerk to the Board of Governors, Bethan has been a member of various University Senior Management Teams. In addition, she has run her own educational management consultancy with a particular focus on strategic and operational leadership, governance and management within inter-organisational contexts, as well as policy and change management in UK FE/HE institutions.

Prior to returning to a role as Lecturer in Business & Management at Aberystwyth University Mauritius, Bethan held posts as University Secretary and Clerk to the Board of Governors at the Arts University Bournemouth and as Director of Learning Enhancement, Access and Partnership at the University of Greenwich.  She was also, formerly, Executive Director of CADISE – a cross-regional consortium of eight specialist performing and creative arts higher education institutions in the UK (London, the south east and the south west) – a pioneering project funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Bethan has been a Key Associate and International Associate with the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education in England (LFHE), working with various stakeholders on leadership and management interventions, a member of a number of nationally funded research projects and an active member of network organisations, such as AHUA (Association of Heads of University Administration) and ACP (Association of Collaborative Provision of HE in Further Education Colleges).