30th March 2000
ACADEMIC RETURNS TO HOME CITY AFTER 25 YEARS
A Lincoln academic returned to his roots last year after 25 years’ absence, to fulfil his ambition of working in a university in his home town.
Dr Steve Armstrong, from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, left Sincil Bank Secondary Modern School aged just 15 but his career over the years has taken him from deck boy in the Merchant Navy to his current passion for research into learning.
“When I heard Lincoln was to have its own university I decided to do what I could to get back there,” said Dr Armstrong, a Senior Lecturer in the Lincoln School of Management.
His passion is for research into individual learning styles, with its many implications for both management and education, and he was recently accepted onto the executive committee of a division of the American Academy of Management.
In August, Dr Armstrong will be taking a team of fellow academics from a European research organisation, of which he was a co-founder in 1995, to Toronto, where they will present the results of their latest research to a conference of the American Academy.
Starting out as a foundry apprentice Dr Armstrong went to sea at sixteen but later came ashore to work in electronic engineering, moving up the ranks to Principal Design Engineer and then Engineering Manager after graduating with a degree from Leicester Polytechnic.
His change of career direction began after he gained a Master’s degree in Business Administration which led to his return to Education as a Lecturer at the University of Sunderland six years ago. He obtained his Ph.D in Organisational Behaviour this year from the University of Leeds.
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