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

Quality Assurance Enhancement Manager and Lecturer in Business & Management – with responsibility for the oversight and implementation of the University’s Quality Assurance processes so as to support the student experience, including internal and external liaison.
BA (Hons) Business Law, (Coventry); PGCE, (Warwick); MA Law & Sociology, (Brunel); PhD Higher Education Management, (Surrey)

Contact

Email: beo8@aber.ac.uk
Phone: n/a

Teaching Areas

Business Leadership and Corporate Responsibility; Operations & Innovation Management; Small Business Management & Entrepreneurship; Business Strategy.

Research

  • 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

Biography

Prior to taking up her current role as Quality Assurance Enhancement Manager and Lecturer in Business and Management, Dr Bethan O’Neil enjoyed many years as a higher education professional. She has 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.

Before moving to the Aberystwyth University Mauritius campus, 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 (now AdvanceHE), 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).