Professor Monika Foster is the Dean of the School of Business and Enterprise at the University of the West of Scotland. Previously she was the Head of School of Business, Enterprise and Management at Queen Margaret University, and Associate Professor and Director of Learning and Teaching at Edinburgh Napier Business School.
Monika has worked in higher education in the UK, Europe and Far East for over 25 years. Monika has successfully led strategic initiatives to enhance the student experience and especially mature and international student transitions. Monika has championed innovation on programmes of study and in staff development in order to enhance the student experience. Monika was responsible for learning, teaching and assessment strategy, including international partnerships (Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Singapore) and quality assurance.
Monika’s external profile includes the award of Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and advisory role with HEA to develop a national Framework for Internationalisation, and a title of Visiting Professor from Shandong University of Finance, People’s Republic of China.
Monika’s research interests lie in cross-cultural management, employability, internationalization of higher education, intercultural aspects, and leadership and change management (HR). Furthermore, her research interests lie in international mobility and study destination choices and internationalisation of the curriculum. Monika has led a number of international, cross-institutional and interdisciplinary projects to scope and design mechanisms for assisting students with the transitions. Monika has published her research internationally and in the UK. She is an Editor for a selection of academic journals. She is currently leading a Scoping Study for QAA Enhancement Theme Transitions: an exploration of support mechanisms for international students. Her recent research includes leading a cross-university qualitative research study on tools, strategies and guidelines in Internationalisation of the Curriculum; and a Santander funded research project