Lecturer and Programme Leader

Business School

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Mr Marc Robertson (BA(Hons), MSc) is a Lecturer and Programme Leader in the Queen Margaret Business School. He is also a member of GETH (Gastronomy, Events, Tourism and Hospitality) and Family and Smaller Enterprises Research Group (FaSE).

Marc has an extensive background in hospitality and tourism management, both as a practitioner and within the education sector. After holding management positions with Relais & Chateau, the Townhouse Company and in pub and restaurant management, Marc moved into the area of hospitality and tourism education.

As Scottish Manager for the National Training Organisation for Hospitality, and then as Head of Nations for the Sector Skills Council for Hospitality, Leisure, Travel and Tourism, Marc managed extensive research and development projects for vocational training programmes across the UK, such as Modern Apprenticeships, National Apprenticeships, Vocational Qualifications and Occupational Standards.

More recently, Marc developed expertise in Scottish and National Alcohol Licensing Law and Training and has written several industry text books and training programmes for industry on the subject.

Current areas of academic interest include alcohol licensing, alcohol education research, vocational award development and national and international curriculum development within hospitality and tourism.

Research Group Membership:

  • GETH (Gastronomy, Events, Tourism and Hospitality)
  • Family and Smaller Enterprises Research Group (FaSE) - Member

Research areas include vocational education, alcohol policy and education, cost benefit analysis of education-based vocational training programmes.

A strong focus on management and leadership and the practical implications of this within the hospitality and tourism industry. QM IHTM students fully appreciate that at the end of their degree they need to have the requisite skills to manage large and potentially disparate teams, all while maintaining a keen focus on income, expenditure and the maximisation of profit within the business. 

Marc's lectures and seminars focus on business, hospitality management, contemporary management challenges and leadership in hospitality, amongst other topics.

By maintaining a strong academic focus on the theoretical aspects of management and leadership, teaching provides the student with both knowledge and skills so that they can lead within their chosen business environment.

Programme Leader:

  • International Hospitality and Tourism Management