Simon Fraser
Title: Dr
First Name: Simon
Surname: Fraser
Position: Senior Lecturer
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 263911
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Duties and Responsibilities

Dr Simon Fraser is a senior lecturer in Entrepreneurship, he is also responsible for collaborative partnerships with global institutions.

Simon joined the Centre for Entrepreneurship in 2011 as a lecturer, with specific responsibility for delivering business training for the ‘Talent Scotland’ programme.  This involves delivering business training to graduates working in SMEs across Scotland. He has a BSc (Hons.) from the University of St. Andrews and a PhD from Newcastle University and has worked in the field of Entrepreneurship Education since 2004.

Simon is module co-ordinator for the 3rd year class New Business Project (BS3201) delivering both on- campus, and blended learning versions. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Entrepreneurship Education
  • Business Start-Up
  • Creativity and Innovation 

Academic Background

Prior to this role, Simon was a Regional Business Adviser for the Scottish Institute for Enterprise and was involved in coaching student businesses across Scotland and developing and managing programmes of enterprise activity. He also worked in Entrepreneurship at Newcastle University’s Centre for Academic Development, and in the Newcastle University Careers Service. Prior to becoming a lecturer, Simon worked as a business development officer in the Commercialisation department at Robert Gordon University. In this role he assisted in the set up of a University spin-out company, helped university staff with technology transfer and brokered University consultancy for SMEs. 

Research Interests

Entrepreneurship Education; Social Entrepreneurship; Intrapreneurship; Entrepreneurship in Fragile Economic Communities.

External / Professional Roles

Delivery of the Work-based experiential learning for business development programme (in association with the University of Strathclyde), a component of the Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise Talent Scotland Graduate programme, a major £552k SFC Horizon fund project. Training and support programme tailored to the needs of recent graduates of recent graduates and undergraduates taking up business internship and placement opportunities offered by Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. The training and support provided equips graduates and students fully to the work and businesses they are placed with.


Journal Articles

Fraser, S.S.; Barron, E.; Freeman, P.F. and Hart, K. (2006) The Enterprise Intern scheme: The role of student ambassadors in peer to peer marketing and culture change. ‘International Journal of Enterprise Education’ Research, design, and delivery of material that add value to existing modules and programmes. Volume 4.

Other Published Works

  • Chalmers, D. and Fraser, S. (2012) Social Entrepreneurship. In Carter, S.L. and Jones-Evans, Dylan (editors) Enterprise and small business: principles, practice and policy. 3rd edition. Financial Times/ Prentice Hall, Harlow, United Kingdom. pp 289-302. 

Conference Papers 

  • Porter, S; Fraser, S.S; Freeman P.F.; Tierney, H. and McGowan P (2007) Business plan competitions - what impact do they really have? ISBE Conference Paper, Glasgow, 2007.
  • Porter, S; Fraser, S.S; Freeman P.F.; Tierney, H. and McGowan P (2007) A Comparative Study: Assessing the impact of business plan competitions within Newcastle University, the University of Ulster and Queen’s University Belfast. ICSB Conference Paper, Turku, Finland, 2007. 

Scholarly and Professional Activities (2004-present)

  • Reviewer, International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development (2012-present)
  • Co-Track Chair: Postgraduate forum at 6th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
  • Co-Track Chair: Postgraduate forum 7th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Escola Superior de Gestão e Tecnologia, Instituto Politécnico de Santarém, Portugal

Ongoing Research Supervision

Female Entrepreneurship in Developing Economies: The Case of Nigeria (Ongoing PhD). Co-supervised with Heather Fulford. 

Other Conference/Seminar Presentations

Fraser, S., Fulford, H. and Marcella, R. (2011) A multi-agency approach to work-based experiential learning: preparing graduates for the job market. Invited conference presentation, Scottish Higher Education Employability Conference, Edinburgh Conference Centre, June 2011.

Porter, S., Fraser, S.S; Freeman P.F., Tierney, H. and McGowan P. (2007) Business plan competitions - what impact do they really have? Delivered in Advancing entrepreneurship education and enterprise track’- sponsored by NCGE ISBE Conference Paper, Glasgow, November 2007.

Fraser, S., Aspinall, S (2006). Developing enterprise skills for post-graduate researchers. Workshop, UK GRAD Fifth Annual Conference, Geoman Tower, London, September 2006.

Fraser, S. (2006) The role of students in peer to peer marketing and culture change. Invited conference presentation, Student Enterprise Conference, Bath University, November 2006.