Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Dr Lucy Hatt

Senior Lecturer in Leadership


I am a Senior Lecturer in Leadership Development and Entrepreneurship, working in the Leadership Development and Organisation Futures team.  I am interested in how leaders can develop entrepreneurial ways of thinking and to explore how more entrepreneurial aspects of organisational culture might be developed in larger corporations.

From previous careers in industry, recruitment and consultancy, I have built an extensive personal network, which I exploit to the benefit of my students, the university and my research.   When working as a Management Consultant, prior to moving into academia, I developed a strong professional network of senior leadership and managers in the region.  My clients included Avery Dennison, Greggs, the Big Lottery Fund, Benfield Motors, Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland and Middlesbrough Councils.  I am an accredited user of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Insights (Personality Profiling) and am Level A&B qualified in Occupational Testing with the British Psychological Society.  I am an accredited Executive Coach with the International Coach Federation, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and have a Post Graduate Certificate in Academic and Professional Learning.


I completed my Doctorate part-time at Durham University in 2020, researching the use of the Threshold Concept Framework to enhance entrepreneurship curricula in Higher Education.  I have conceived an innovative way of understanding the student perspective and involving external stakeholders in entrepreneurship curriculum development using a multi-method staged stakeholder curriculum inquiry.  

I am the lead author on several entrepreneurship publications on the global repository for research into threshold concepts Threshold Concepts: Undergraduate Teaching, Postgraduate Training, Professional Development and School Education

I was awarded funding from the Enterprise Education and Research Project Fund (EERPF) together with Dave Jarman at Bristol University, in 2020/21 for the following project: 

Identifying and Mapping Threshold Concepts of Entrepreneurship Across University Entrepreneurship Education Programmes
This project applies and builds on Dr Lucy Hatt’s PhD research using the threshold concept framework to enhance entrepreneurship curricula in higher education.
It prototypes a transactional curriculum inquiry (TCI) approach to identify local threshold concepts with staff from the University of Bristol’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CFIE) as part of a programme review and an evaluation of student understanding.
Combining this process and the CFIE Team’s Design Thinking expertise, a toolkit will be developed  for EEUK members to develop and evaluate their own enterprise education curricula informed by the threshold concept framework, concept mapping and a TCI approach.


I am interested in how entrepreneurship threshold concepts might be integrated into existing curricula to develop an entrepreneurial mind-set in HE students both in Entrepreneurship and across other academic subjects and disciplines.

In 2016 I was Highly Commended as an Enterprise Catalyst by EEUK (Enterprise Educators UK) and won the best Practitioner Development Workshop award at the ECSB (European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship) Enterprise Educators Conference.  

I am Module Leader for and teach on the following modules:

NBS9491/8491 Personal and Professional Transformation (full time MBA)

NBS8970 Innovation and Change (part time Masters in Strategic Leadership)

NBS8983 Innovation and Enterprise (part time Executive MBA)