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Neil Ralph

Senior Teaching Fellow in Lancaster Leadership Centre

Neil Ralph

Charles Carter Building



Tel: +44 1524 594966

Professional Role

Programme Director MSc Information Technology, Management and Organisational Change (ITMOC)

Programme Director MA in Hospice Leadership

Academic lead for Degree Apprenticeships

Research Interests

  • Supervision as support to leader development and impact.
  • Decolonisation and awareness of bias in teaching, learning, assessment and feedback.
  • Contemplative and reflexive approaches to leadership development.
  • Development of mindfulness in leadership practice.
  • Leadership development.
  • Organisational development.
  • Organisational change management - especially human factors in change.
  • Executive coaching.
  • Reflective pedagogies.

Current Teaching


  • Academic and Professional Practice

MA in Hospice Leadership:

  • Personal Mastery
  • Reflective Practice
  • Leadership in Context
  • Organisational Change
  • Organistional Research and Dissertation

MSc in Project Management:

  • Delivering projects: Strategy, Implementation and Change
  • Developing Project Management Professional Practice
  • Applied Project Management research project (dissertation)
  • Project Leadership

Masters in Business Administration:

  • The Mindful Manager

Masters in Leadership Practice and Responsibility:

  • Global Leadership

International Health Leadership Development Programme:

  • Responsible leadership: Reflections and challenges
  • Responsible leadership: Initiating change


MSc Project Management, Lancaster

Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching, Lancaster

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, Lancaster


Neil Ralph is Programme Director for the MSc in Information Technology, Management and Organisational Change (ITMOC) and the MA in Hospice Leadership. Neil is also academic lead for Degree Apprenticeship s at Lancaster.

Neil's passion is enabling individual and organisational change. His teaching focuses on the development of individuals as effective leaders in order that they deliver organisational impact. Neil has taught strategic change management on a range of postgraduate programmes, including the Msc in Project Management at the University of Santiago de Compostela and the MSc in Management at the GD Goenka World Institute, India. Neil adopts a critically reflective approach to teaching, learning and assessment including adoption of mindfulness and a reflective mindset. He is a member of The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACMHE), which is a multidisciplinary academic association committed to the transformation of higher education through the recovery and development of the contemplative dimensions of teaching, learning and knowing. 

Neil has been responsible the delivery of executive education programmes to a number of public & private sector organisations, including: Co-operative Financial Services; Northern Counties Housing Association; Hospice UK; and Airbus UK. This includes diagnostic interventions, solution design and delivery as well as full client management. His teaching includes engagement with external organisations to deliver consultancy projects.

Prior to joining MDD Neil worked in industry as a project manager delivering large-scale capital equipment projects in the UK, Europe and North America. His earlier professional experience includes the design, development and delivery of professional development programmes for managers and young professionals in the aerospace industry.

Neil holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching and has experience of coaching middle and senior managers and teams addressing individual and organisational development needs in addition to coaching postgraduate programme participants to support the embedding and application of learning to organisational problems. Neil is Special Adviser to the European Mentoring and Coaching Council.

Neil is a qualified HE lecturer and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He holds a Masters degree in Project Management and Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching from Lancaster University. He is a member of the Association for Project Management.

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