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Work & Employment Relations Division

Leeds University Business School

Leeds LST 9JT


Academic Qualifications

  1. PhD – Presently 4th Year of Doctoral Studies at The Work & Employment Relations Division, The University of Leeds. Fully written submitted to supervisors Professor Mark Stuart; Dr Chris Forde – finalising draft. (Title: “Are skills formation employer demand-led across UK Highly Skilled Industries? A single Case Study analysis of the UK North West Bio cluster.”)

  2. Masters in Business Administration (MBA) – 2005. Glasgow Caledonian University. Dissertation (distinction): ISO Certification Impact on Constructs of TQM – A Departmental Analysis. Subjects studied at postgraduate level included: Organisational Management & Organisational Behaviour; Strategic Management; Entrepreneurship; Knowledge Management; Quality and Operations Management)

  3. MSc in Instrumental Analytical Chemistry for Environmental Monitoring & Process Quality Assurance - 1994. Glasgow Caledonian University.

  4. BSc in Chemistry – 1991. The University of Glasgow

Journal Publications

  1. Presently writing papers relating to PhD which I intend to publish further to approval from supervisors. Currently in the process of developing one paper to be submitted to LUBS Working Paper Series and have fully written another – awaiting supervisor approval to submit to journal.

  1. Malik, F., McKie, L., Hogg, G., Beattie, R. (2010) ‘A Toolkit to support Human Resource Practice.’ Personnel Review, Vol. 39(3), pp. 287-305.

  1. Malik, F. (2010). ‘Investor engagement: investors & management practice under shareholder value.’ By Roderick Martin, Peter D. Casson, Tahir M. Nissar. BSA: Sociology Journal. Vol. 44(1), pp. 172-4.

Publications regarding practice

  1. Lachman R. Malik, F. (February, 2012) “West Yorkshire Public Sector Cuts: The impact on the BME Voluntary & Community Sector.” JUST West Yorkshire & Leeds University Business School, The University of Leeds. Funded by the Leeds Social Science Institute: Higher Education Innovation Fund. (available from

  1. Malik, F. (2007). ‘Work-life Balance: A Practical Guide to Policies & Practices’. European Social Fund Commission, Glasgow Caledonian University & Heriot Watt University. Malik, F. – development of initial draft (available at:

  1. Bryden, J., Malik, F., Sutherland, A., Wright, G. (2005-06). “Title of Practice – creating and using a database of frequently used feedback comments when marking students’ written coursework (Strategic Management) (

  1. Caledonian Business School in-house project. Maxwell, G., Williamson, E., Malik, F., McFarlane, E. (2006). Employability Skills of Caledonian Business School Post-graduate Programmes.

  1. MBA dissertation (with distinction) (2005) – ‘ISO certification impact on

constructs of TQM – a departmental analysis’.

  1. Post Graduate Placement Fellowship (2011 - 13 weeks) – Leeds Social Science Institute (LSSI): Higher Education Innovation Fund, The University of Leeds.

  2. Doctoral University Scholarship (2008- present) – Leeds University Business School, (LUBS), The University of Leeds.

Research Training & Development

Date and duration


Brief details




Writing for publications (twelve weeks duration). The aim of the course was to develop academic articles alongside each attended training session.

Training to Teach and assessing student work workshops. Staff & Departmental Developmental Unit, SDDU, University of Leeds; Qualitative and quantitative research methods – Leeds University Business School.

NVIVO & SPSS training at the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR), The University of Edinburgh.

At the end of the course publications relating to the PhD will, further to approval of supervisors, be submitted to Journals. One article has been written and submitted to supervisors, while I am presently working on a further two articles.
These training were considered essential requirements as part of PhD training.

This training was undertaken to improve research skills during employment as a Research Fellow on a European Social Fund Project, at the School of Law & Social Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow G4 0BA



Training in writing grant applications
Completion of MRes Modules: Philosophical & Methodological Issues in Business & Management, The Research Process in Business & Management, Quantitative Methods for Business & Management, Qualitative Research Methods for Business & Management, Advanced Research Methods and Discipline Domain Study (Public Service Management).

This training was also undertaken as part of the above role (as Research Fellow) alongside colleagues working within team (www.organisationworkandcare). The team was involved in submitting grant applications at the time.
These modules were completed whilst working as a part-time lecturer and research assistant at the Caledonian Business School, Glasgow Caledonian University.


  1. “Driving a Strategic Employer-Demand-Led Approach across High Skills Ecosystems Industries.” (Poster Presentation). International Labour Process Conference, The University of Leeds

  2. “To what extent is skills policy drive employer demand-led within UK High Skills Ecosystems?” Presentation of Research. Annual Doctoral Conference, Leeds University Business School, The University of Leeds on 16th June, 2010.

  3. “Driving a Strategic employer Demand-led approach across UK High Skills Ecosystems” (Poster Presentation) at the Annual Doctoral Conference, Leeds University Business School, The University of Leeds on 17th June, 2010

  4. “The impact of Training (policy & practice) on High Skills Ecosystems.” Centre for Employment Relations Innovation & Change Conference, Leeds University Business School, The University of Leeds on 25th May, 2009

  5. ‘Work-Life balance across the Life Stages within SMEs - Developing a Toolkit.’ by Malik, F., McKie, L., Hogg, G., Beattie, R. presented by Fatima Malik at the CRFR Conference, The University of Edinburgh on 30th November, 2007.

  6. ‘The Future Role of Work-Life Balance within the Public Sector’ by Malik, F. for the 12th Annual Conference of the International Research Society for Public Management at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia in March, 2008 (abstract accepted)

Employment & Research Experience:

Main employment posts held and part-time research-based employment are presented seperately.

1. Research Fellow: ESF Funded Project – Work-Life Balance: Proofing Policies & Practices School of Law & Social Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University (November 2006 – January 2008)
Post Responsibilities:

  • recruiting and liaising with businesses

  • collating and analysing data – this included developing questionnaires, interviewing management/employers and analysing qualitative data to be used in the development of a work-life balance toolkit

  • compiling, designing and piloting a practical user-friendly toolkit

  • coordinating printing, publishing and dissemination of the toolkit

  • involved in all other activities associated with the project - including team meetings/briefings/compiling and circulating agendas/schedules, project administration duties (quarterly reports, monitoring budgets)

  • conference presentation and writing articles for business/academic audiences.

2. Caledonian Business School, Glasgow Caledonian University (2005-2006)
Post: Part-time researcher and lecturer (Professor David Edgar):

  • Strategic Management(Level 3 seminar sessions)

  • Organisational management (Level 2 seminar sessions),

  • E-Security. (Level 4 seminar sessions & lectures delivered)

  • E-Business Design (MSc. postgraduate level lectures delivered)

Post Requirements:

  • developing & delivering lectures, assessments, examination scripts as required by programme/module leaders

  • delivering seminar sessions with a focus on student collaborative discussion,

group work and presentation technique

  • assessment of coursework/reports, exams and presentations and exam script development

  • general student administration

  • participation in in-house staff seminars/pilot studies - teaching and learning/student feedback evaluation improvements

  • research assistant involved in in-house funded research

3. University of Strathclyde (1992-93)

Post: Trainee Researcher University of Strathclyde

Research Experience:

  1. (1st May-30th June, 2011: Ratna Lachman (Director), JUST West Yorkshire – (Leeds Social Sciences Institute (LSSI); PGR Fellowships Placement). Placement involved explorations of the manner in which the cumulative impact of the cuts in budgets experienced by local authorities, influenced service provision delivered by Voluntary & Community Sector (VCS) Organisations. A case study research approach was adopted to assess the impact of the cuts on service delivery aimed at vulnerable and BME communities from within the deprived inner city wards of West Yorkshire. Outputs of the research included a report (available on and a forthcoming book chapter (provisional acceptance by "Social Sciences and Humanities - Applications and Theories / Book 1", ISBN 979-953-307-527-2.).

  1. (March-June, 2010: Professor Mark Stuart (Director, Centre for Employment Relations Innovation & Change, The University of Leeds) Involvement in extensive data collation phase of an employers’ survey designed to evaluate management perceptions from across private, public and voluntary sectors of trade union involvement in improving workforce skills and organisational learning. Also conducted telephone interviews using an extensive and detailed questionnaire with 27 Unionlearn project managers to evaluate the effectiveness of the Union Learning Fund and integration of Unionlearn projects across workplaces from a diverse mix of industries. Qualitative data analysis resulted in the compilation of 27 Unionlearn project case studies. The work, commissioned by Unionlearn was conducted by the Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change as part of large scale and multi stage project.

  1. (June-September, 2008, School of Health & Social Work, Glasgow Caledonian University) Involved in qualitative analysis phase of Pathways to Work investigating the perceptions of incapacity benefit personal advisors and practitioners within regional Job Centres across Glasgow in administering interventions to encourage individuals reliant on incapacity benefit back into employment. Data was obtained from focus group sessions and semi-structured interviews with incapacity benefit personal advisors and practitioners on their views on implementing the various aspects of Condition Management Programme collated. Analysis was an integrative part of ongoing research which also looked at client and employer perceptions and the influence of the decision-making processes on the effectiveness of CMP across Glasgow. Results were presented in report format.

  1. (Nov. 2006 – Jan. 2008, Professor Linda McKie, Professor Gillian Hogg, Professor Rona Beattie, Glasgow Caledonian University) Research fellow on an ESF funded research project, the aim of which was to develop a toolkit to enable SME businesses proof check their work-life balance policies and practices across the life stages. The project comprised of three stages: 1.) extensive literature review regarding work-life balance within SMEs. 2.) semi-structured interviews with SME employers/managers on their perspectives of work-life balance across the life stages 3.) development of the toolkit.

  1. (May-August, 2006, Dr Gillian Maxwell) Involvement in in-house research conducted for the Caledonian Business School (2006). Stakeholder employability skills expectations of postgraduate programmes delivered across the business school were explored. Responsibilities included literature review, data collation and analysis using Survey monkey. Research methods involved qualitative and quantitative analysis of data collated by through meetings, elite interviews and focus group sessions of a sample population of international and home postgraduate students, employers/managers and programme leaders. Other duties included data analysis, transcription, research design/methodology and report writing. Results were presented by the research team in the form of an in-house report and presentation to initiate feedback and progress research.

  1. MBA dissertation (2004-05, Professor Jiju Anthony) – whilst working at Scottish Power I managed my MBA research project. The title of the project was ‘ISO Certification Impact on Constructs of TQM – A Departmental Analysis’. The research involved a conducting literature review, development/design of research strategy and quantitative and qualitative data collation and analysis (semi-structured interviews with 10 managers were conducted alongside distribution of quantitative 40 survey questionnaires).

Memberships (Professional/Other):

  1. Associate Researcher - Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, (CRFR), The University of Edinburgh.

  2. Member of British Academy of Management, (BAM).

  3. Member of British Sociological Association, (BSA).

  4. Co-Editor of LUBS Working Paper Series.

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