Steven Pollard

Steven Pollard


  • Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom


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Research Interests

Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial, SME Development, High Growth Small Firms, Social Entrepreneurship, Enterprise Development, Local Economic Development, Entrepreneurial Communities, Leadership & Management

An examination of the determinants of the number of high growth small firms in Northern Ireland - PhD under the supervision of Prof Pauric McGowan

Critique of Northern Ireland Business Start-Up Performance (2021) Joint Report with Federation of Small Business

Impact of Covid-19 on Business Start-Up and New Firms in Northern Ireland (2021) Joint Report with Ulster University Economic Policy Centre

Social Entrepreneurship in Northern Ireland Policy Response (2021) Joint Response with School for Social Enterprise in Ireland

Innotal: Building Innovation & Entrepreneurship Capacity in Asian Universities (2017-2020)

Economic Think Tanks, Antrim Newtownabbey Borough Council (2018)

SME Engagement Strategy, Tourism Northern Ireland (2018)


Teaching Interests

Entrepreneurship, Enterprise Development, Business Start, Business Growth

Leadership & Management Development

Social Entrepreneurship. Third sector Leadership


Course Director Transform - Social Enterprise Programme working with 3rd sector organisations, activists and social entrepreneurs to support start-up and growth of social enterprises. Bursary funding from The Executive Office and Urban Villages. Leads to an Advanced Diploma in Social Enterprise.

Course Director - BSc Management Practice (SMEs) - Funded in the Republic of Ireland through Skillsnet. Leadership and Management Development Programme for SMEs

Course Director - Entrepreneurs Programme - Fully funded in the Republic of Ireland by Springboard. Supports pre-start and early stage start-ups. Leads to an Advanced Certificate in Management Practice.

Course Director - Range of bespoke programmes to support SMEs e.g. Business of Tourism and Business of Veterinary Practice

Executive Education - Working with a wide range of organisations plus state agencies to develop, manage and deliver a wide range of tailored executive education programmes.


Teaching Teams:

MSc Executive Leadership

MSc Strategic Growth

BSc Business Studies

BSc Management Practice

BSc Human Resource Management

Current and Recent Grants


Innotal Erasmus 

Flax Trust 2015- current

The Executive Office (Northern Ireland Assembly) 2018 - current


An Associate Lecturer from 2008 Steve joined Ulster University full-time in 2015 where he worked in the Business Institute a self-financing unit within the Ulster University Business School developing and delivering a wide range of executive education programmes and in particular programmes to support entrepreneurs. Steve now works in the Department of Management, Leadership and Marketing where his focus is primarily on entrepreneurship.

Steve joined the University from professional practice where he has extensive experience of promoting enterprise, supporting business start-up and growth. He combines this with experience of starting and running successful businesses. Starting and running Social Enterprises along with senior leadership gained in the private, public and third sectors. A highly experienced Non-Executive Director and Small Business Adviser Steve has a passion for creating a more entrepreneurial society and for supporting entrepreneurs and the self-employed.

Steve is also active in and committed to efforts to tackle social and economic inequality. In the main this work has been through work in local economic development with a particular focus on community capacity building, promoting skills (particularly vocational education skills) and work to promote and support social entrepreneurship.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Ulster University Business School

30 Apr 202030 Apr 2024

Award Date: 30 Apr 2024

28 Apr 2017

Award Date: 28 Apr 2017


1 Sep 200830 Jun 2010

Award Date: 30 Jun 2010

Master, Ulster University Business School

1 Sep 199730 Jun 2008

Award Date: 30 Jun 1998

University of Teesside

1 Sep 199130 Jun 1992

Award Date: 30 Jun 1992

Bachelor, University of Teesside

1 Sep 198928 Jun 1991

Award Date: 28 Jun 1991

External positions


20 Aug 2018 → …

Director (Chair)

3 Jan 201713 Jun 2019


1 Jan 20178 Aug 2017


16 Nov 201613 Jun 2019


17 Dec 2014 → …

Director, Action Mental Health

20 Dec 201211 Jan 2016


15 Aug 201213 Jan 2013

Owner Director

24 May 20122 Nov 2012


10 Jun 201027 Sep 2011

Regional Director Ireland

1 Sep 200631 Dec 2007

Projects Director

1 Sep 200231 Aug 2006

Chief Executive

30 Jun 200231 Aug 2006

Belfast Harbour Commissioner, Belfast Harbour

1 Jan 200231 Dec 2011

Owner Director

31 Jan 200131 Aug 2015


11 Dec 200031 Aug 2002


25 Jun 199926 Apr 2002


25 Feb 199819 Mar 2002


1 Jun 199211 Apr 1995


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