Alan Murray

Alan Murray

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Personal profile


As Senior lecturer in Enterprise at University of the West of Scotland and Enterprise Lead for the School of Business and Creative Industries I lead a dynamic and growing enterprise team which encompasses Senior Lecturers in Enterprise, Lecturers in Enterprise and dedicated research assistants.  In this capacity I have developed and delivered a wide range of strategic projects aimed at fulfilling the vision, mission and values of the Business School and the University towards delivering on its wider strategy.  This has included the design and implementation of a series of physical business incubation centres across our campuses, authoring and managing the Business School’s successful application for Small Business Charter Accreditation, designing and managing our multi award winning curricular enterprise portfolio and introducing a wide range of co-curricular enterprise activities and initiatives.  I am a highly experienced, flexible and adaptable business practitioner and academic with a proven track record as a successful, innovative and award winning entrepreneur.   Previously employed for 3 years as a Regional Enterprise Manager with PSYBT supporting young people starting and continuing in business and for 5 years as a business start up and growth adviser for Business Gateway where I supported over 1000 businesses. 

Area of academic expertise - outline

Enterprise education, entrepreneurial education ecosystems, business modelling and planning, business management, enterprise networks, SMEs, business consultancy.

Desired research direction

Creation and development of enterpreneurial education ecosystems, embedding enterprise education in industry, raising entrepreneurial ability, capacity and capability in students with HEI, developing the entrepreneurial campus.   

Target collaborative companies


Target collaborative organisations

Business Gateway, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, South of Scotland Enterprise, Young Enterprise Scotland, Elevator, The Prince's Trust, Young Enterprise Scotland, Converge.

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Small business management, business support, start up, entrepreneurship, enterprise and entrepreneurship education, business modelling and planning.

External positions

Co Lead, CARPE Entrepreneurship and Business Special Interest Group.

Jun 2021 → …

Visiting Professor, University of Angers

Jun 2021 → …

External Examiner, Newcastle University

Feb 2021 → …


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