Mr David Ager

Mr David Ager

Associate Lecturer

School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)



  • Senior Technical Officer, British Rail Civil Engineers Office, Euston 1965-77
  • Part time lecturer; Bournville College, Birmingham and Henley College, Coventry1981-2
  • Lecturer and Curriculum Area Manager; Cornwall College, 1982-2009
  • Part time lecturer, Cornwall College, 2009-16
  • Associate lecturer, Plymouth University, Jan 2013-


  • Headed up a successful validation application to CIPD for accreditation of a level 5 programme for Cornwall College.
  • Chief examiner for A level Industrial and Business Studies with Oxford University Local Examinations Delegacy 1986-1999
  • Undertook a study into migrant workers and the contract of employment in Cornwall for my Masters in Law dissertation.
  • Completed a thesis on the Easter Counties Labour Federation (a Victorian agricultural trade union in Suffolk) for the Ruskin College Diploma.
  • Acted as HE Rep for the UCU trade union in Cornwall College.
  • General interest in trade union affairs.
  • Qualified railway signalman, formerly working in a voluntary capacity for the West Somerset Railway and involvement in delivering staff training.
  • Baritone singer with a local choir.
  • Interest in industrial history, current affairs, transport policy and history, social history,
  • Trustee and Chairman of the Board, King Edward Mine Museum, Troon, Camborne.
  • Chairman; Redruth Learning Group Trust


  • Ruskin College Diploma in Labour Studies, Ruskin College Oxford, 1975
  • BA (Hons) Economics and Politics I1i Warwick University, 1980
  • MA Transport Economics, Leeds University, 1981
  • PGC Education Plymouth University, 1986
  • MA Management, Coventry University, 2005
LL M Masters in Employment Law at UCLan, 2009



Teaching interests

Teaching experience (in the past five years)


  • Employment Law. On degree courses and short degree level courses for business.
  • Economic principles. On various courses.
  • Environmental economics. On third year degree in Environmental Science.
  • Principles of Economics and Management, Plymouth University degree in construction
  • Human Resources Management and Employment Law (Level 5) for BA Business Enterprise
  • Strategic Human Resource Management (Level 6) for BA Business Enterprise
  • Change management for BSc Carbon Management.
  • Sustainable Transport Policy on BSc Carbon Management

Teaching experience (more than five years ago)


  • Business Economics on Business degree.
  • People Development and Leadership on Business degree
  • Passenger Transport systems. On tourism degree.
  • Writing business plans and business start-up on various courses.
  • Operations management. On CMI courses.
  • Performance management. On CMI and ACCA courses
  • Human Resource Development. On CMI courses.
  • A level Business Studies and Economics.
  • A level Sports Studies (Sport History)
  • Corporate Social Responsibility for BA Business Enterprise.




·    ‘The Soccer Referees Manual’; published by A & C Black (6th edition issued October 2015)

·    ‘Handbook of Football Club Management’; Crowood Press, 2003 (joint author)



Additional information

Other experience and interests: Football


  • FA Level 1 Tutor.
  • Former Qualified Child Safeguarding Workshop tutor for the Football Association.
  • Former Referee and Referee Instructor and Assessor with the FA
  • Past involvement with local club management in Luton and Coventry
  • Chairman of King Edward Mine Museum, Troon Cornwall