Charles' industrial experience is in the field of IT and Computing, gaining several years experience in systems control and application development environments.  Charles has taught and led programmes in higher education for over 20 years in a range of subject areas including Computing, IT Systems Management, Business, Social Enterprise Leadership and most recently Project Management.

Charles' interests centre around employability, integrating personal and professional development into the core subjects taught at undergraduate level but with the aim to enable individuals to progress, both in their personal lives and their careers.

As Principal Lecturer, Charles' current role is to lead the project management course development and delivery for the University, an area of provision which is expanding rapidly, especially with the provision of degree level apprenticeships.

Qualifications and memberships

Academic Qualificaitons

MSc E-Commerce

Certificate in Education

BSc (Hons) Information Technology

Professional Qualifications and Associations

Fellow of EEUK Entrepreneurship Educators UK

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

APMP Level D Award - Association of Project Management, 

Academic and research interests

Technology and its role in the workplace The application of new and emerging technologies to current problems in a social, business and environmental context Exploring the effective use of IT, examining why people choose the technology solutions that they do and identifying aspects of dependence, overuse and missed opportunities

Project Management as a profession and a specialist skill and career choice in its own right

Evaluating the impact of project management education and training on project performance within an industrial setting


Wiscombe, C.A., Dobson, K.C, Carter, H. (2015) 'Living the Dream', a holistic approach to Social Enterprise Leadership. Submission to IEEC2015 at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, Essex, UK.

Ryder ,S.,Dobson, K.C., Greenwood, A. & Wiscombe, C.A. (2015) Understanding the Quality of the Student Experience in Blended Learning Environments: focussing on student engagement as a learner need. Quality Criteria in Blended Learning Conference 27th - 29th August 2015, Malaga, Spain. part of the Multilateral Grundtvig Project 'Quality in Blended Learning'.

Dobson, K.C, Wiscombe, C.A. & Carter, H. (2015) The Aspiring Leadership Programme v2 - an example of innovative curriculum design. A partnership with the Brathay Trust. University of Cumbria Learning and Teaching Fest 2015: Supporting the 21st Century Student on June 29th 2015 at Carlisle Fusehill Street Campus, University of Cumbria

Wiscombe, C., Dobson, C., Carter, H., Maynard, L. (2014) The Aspiring Leaders Programme 2011-2014: Collaboration and Impact. University of Cumbria Research and Enterprise Conference 2014. Dobson, C. (2013) 'Using live projects and experiential learning to enhance employability and enterprise skills in undergraduates'. International Enterprise Educators Conference, Sheffield University, UK. Successful Knowledge Transfer Project (KTP) with M&K Update (21 months), Keswick, Cumbria.

Development of e-learning portal for healthcare professionals Successful Short KTP (10 months) with H. Hogarth, Jewellers, Kendal, Cumbria. Development of e-commerce website