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Colette Henry


Colette Henry, BA, MBA, PhD, FRSA, FISBE Norbrook

PhD Entrepreneurship Education & Training (2000)


Professor of Business & Enterprise Centre for Veterinary & Bio-veterinary Enterprise The Royal Veterinary College University of London Hawkshead Lane,


“6 years in industry (Brussels and NI) - sales and marketing roles

6 years working with aspiring and existing entrepreneurs in an incubation unit, designing enterprise training modules and managing enterprise support programmes.

11 years academic management and teaching business and enterprise - Head of Dept of Business Studies, Dundalk Institute of Technology


The PhD has been invaluable. It has helped provide a pathway for me to an academic research and teaching career.

My particular PhD topic proved to be very relevant to my work - helping me to design new entrepreneurship modules and programmes for under-and postgraduate study. At the early stages, it informed the development of enterprise training programmes for aspiring entrepreneurs, which was part of my work at the time.


Awards and career-related achievements:

MBA (Open University)

Certificate in Training & Development (University of Ulster)

Fellow of the Royal Society (RSA)

Fellow of ISBE - Institute for Small Business & Entrepreneurship (this fellowship was awarded in recognition of my contribution to the Institute during my time as President of ISBE)


Advice to prospective students:

Take your time to consider your PhD topic before you make your application. Remember that it is a learning journey and will take some time (years not months!). Do try to go to relevant conferences, as these will help you network with others researching the field and may open up some good contacts for your empirical work.


I thoroughly enjoyed doing my PhD at Queens. It was great to have the opportunity to work with Dr Frances Hill, who supervised my research.”            


School attended: St Louis Grammar School, Kilkeel, Co Down