Sunil BangaTeaching Fellow
Sunil is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Teaching Fellow of the University. He is a MBA from LUMS, and currently pursuing his PhD in Educational Research.
Prior to joining Lancaster, Sunil spent many years working in business. He started his career in the pharmaceutical industry working in sales and marketing for Boots and Abbott, before setting up his own financial services business, alongside managing a family run medium sized retail distribution and trading firm as a partner with broad operations and general management responsibilities.
Following his MBA, Sunil briefly worked with the Centre for Strategic Management at LUMS researching the social and economic role of small businesses in the UK, and as a consultant for SME’s and large organisations such as RBS and the Co-op group. He then was involved in establishing the International Study Centre for Lancaster University, which he then led as the Head of Centre for ten years before joining the Department of Management Science.
With a multidisciplinary background, Sunil has a variety of teaching interests. The majority of his teaching previously has focussed on international students, in areas of operations management, business studies, marketing, and accounting. Currently he is teaching UG and PG modules in Management Science.
Sunil is involved in the Lancaster University ATLAS Programme as a mentor and reviewer. Sunil is also an external examiner for two UK higher education institutions.
I have published my research that reviewed and assessed the available UK evidence on the social and economic role of small stores, in order to identify gaps in research and stimulate debate about how they can best be supported. The research looked at the growing power of supermarkets, and the considerable concern in the UK that that the social and economic role of small stores is insufficiently understood by policy-makers. The paper gauged the evidence as a platform for wider debate on how the role of small stores can be maintained and enhanced, and the implications for public policy and planning were presented at a Westminster conference commissioned by the Association of Convenience Stores.
My current research interests are in educational research, particularly policy issues that currently focus on increasing participation in higher education from learners of diverse backgrounds with a view to promote social mobility and address social inequalities.