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Kristina Risley, Associate Lecturer

Kristina Risley MSc, BSc (Hons), FCIPD, FHEA, MBPsS

Associate Lecturer

Faculty of Business, Law and Digital Technologies


Kristina is an associate lecturer in human resources and leadership development, with a keen interest in innovations in experiential learning. She holds a BSc in Psychology, an MSc in Human Resource Management and a PGCert in Learning and Teaching. Kristina is currently undertaking her PhD in the gamification of leadership development.

Before moving to academia, Kristina spent 10 years in senior HR roles, primarily in the NHS, up to and including board level. Her main career focus has been leadership and organisational development, particularly how people initiatives add value to organisations.

Kristina is certified in the facilitation of a number of psychometric tools, is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, a member of the Division of Occupational Psychology for the BPS and a Fellow of the HEA.


Further information

Industry experience

Kristina started her HR career on the NHS graduate management training scheme and went on to develop and lead the people development function in a number of NHS hospitals over the following years. More latterly this experience focused on cultural and leadership development within NHS trusts based on an evidenced-based approach using people analytics.

Kristina has also completed temporary/consultancy contracts with a number of private sector and charity organisations, focused on talent and HR/OD strategy development.

Teaching experience

Kristina has worked within a number of university business schools at lecturer and senior lecturer level, including BPP University, The Open University and Solent University.

Subjects taught include: Human Resources Management, Leading Innovations in HR, Resourcing and Assessing Talent, Leadership in Practice, Leading Business Organisations, Executive Leadership and Governance and Change Management.

During this time Kristina has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching and has become an active member of various networks to improve online and digital learning and teaching in higher education.

Research interests

Kristina’s research interests include:

  • The use of immersive simulations in learning and development
  • The gamification of learning and teaching
  • A psychological state of flow and its benefits to learning
  • Soft skills development in leadership
  • Psychometric tools for leadership development


  • HR/OD Role Model Award, NHS North West Leadership Awards
  • Most Innovative Flu Campaign, NHS Flu Fighter Awards
  • Student-centric Values Award, BPP University