Dr Elizabeth Heyworth-Thomas

Liverpool Business School

Dr Elizabeth Heyworth-Thomas is a Programme Leader in the School of Business and Management. Liz joined Liverpool Business School in March 2020, having taught at a number of UK institutions since 2011, including the University of Wolverhampton, Bangor University, Glyndwr University, and the University of Cumbria.

Prior to academia, Liz gained experience in the private and public sector, working in hospitality, manufacturing, schools and children's centres. Liz’s research interests include the study of entrepreneurship, outdoor pursuits business', rural business, agri-business and sociology and social policy. Liz is particularly interested in businesses that seek to support vulnerable communities and rural landscapes. Recent projects include: ‘Living with Stroke: a Welsh context’ and ‘Being enterprising in Beautiful Landscapes: Investigation of the Challenges in Rural Businesses’.

Liz is a co-supervisor of PhD and DBA students. If you wish to pursue a PhD or DBA with Liz, please get in touch.


Bangor University, United Kingdom, PhD Sociology and Social Policy
Bangor University, United Kingdom, PGCertHE
Bangor University, United Kingdom, MA Business and Marketing
Bangor University, United Kingdom, BA(hons) Business and Social Administration


2021, Higher Education Academy, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
2020, Chartered Association of Business Schools, Chartered Management and Business Educator

Academic appointments

Programme Leader, Department of Business and Management, Liverpool Business School, 2020 - present
External Examiner, Staffordshire University, 2019 - present

Journal article

Heyworth-Thomas EM. 2023. Creating experiential learning opportunities in enterprise education: an example of a facilitator-led business simulation game in a taught setting Journal of Work-Applied Management, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Heyworth-Thomas E, Jones R. 2019. Social Enterprise: bridging the gap between statutory and third sector The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 20 :80-89 DOI Publisher Url Public Url


Hyslop K, Jones R, Heyworth-Thomas E. 2022. Entrepreneurship and Societal Change Hyams-Ssekasi D, Agboma F. Entrepreneurship and Societal Change Pearson Education DOI Publisher Url

Conference publication

Heyworth-Thomas E, Jones R. 2014. Social Enterprise: bridging the gap between the statutory sector and the third sector (prelim) ICBS World Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Conference

Heyworth-Thomas E, Jones R, Roach D. 2013. Providing Support Services in Rural North Wales: start-up motives, observations and end user perspectives ISBE

Heyworth-Thomas E, Jones R, Rowley J. 2011. Meeting the Demand: a study of a business support network ISBE

Heyworth-Thomas E, Jones R. Being Enterprising in Beautiful Landscapes: how can governments and policy makers best support rural enterprise? ISBE

Media Coverage:

Guest Writer for The Professional Mountaineer Article Title: Marketing: more than just advertising. 2022

Radio Interview: Smooth FM and Heart FM Opinion on the impact of the pandemic on business owner wellbeing. 2020

Other Professional Activity:

Certificate Awarded: Professional Skills for Research Leaders. 2022

(External) Interview Panel Member - University of Bedfordshire. 2022

(External) Validation Panel Member - University of Northampton. 2021

Being enterprising in Beautiful Landscapes: Investigation of the Challenges in Rural Businesses' (Seed Corn Funded Project: current). 2019

Reviewer for the Journal of Destination Marketing and Management.

Reviewer for the Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Reviewer for the Journal of Marketing and Entrepreneurship.


Professional Skills for Research Leaders. 2022

Amazing Lecturer Award 2021, John Moores Students Union. 2021

[Nominee] Vice-Chancellor Awards for Staff Excellence 'Innovative Teaching and Learning Initiative' category., University of Wolverhampton. 2018

[Shortlisted] Lecturer of the Year 2017, University of Wolverhampton Students Union. 2017

Other invited event:

External Panel Member - Interview, University of Bedfordshire, Interview panel member.. 2022

External Panel Member - Validation, University of Northampton, Validation Panel Member.. 2021

Conference organisation:

AM Entreprenurial and Small Business Marketing SIG 25th Symposium, Committee Member and Co-host.. 2021


Senior Fellowship, Higher Education Academy. 2021

Fellow, Higher Education Academy. 2011

Conference presentation:

Exploring End-user Perspectives: BNIM, Telling the Story of Business Conference, University of South Wales, Pontypridd, Oral presentation. 2020

Improving Student Engagement through use of Online Resources, HEA Teaching and Learning Conference, Bangor University, Oral presentation. 2013

External committees:

Entrepreneurial and Small Business Marketing, The Academy of Marketing, Committee Member. 2017

Teaching qualification:

PGCertHE. 2016