Nigel Adams Head of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Buckingham University
Nigel is a Professor in Professional Practice and the first Director of the Buckingham Enterprise and Innovation Unit (BEIU) at the University of Buckingham. In this role, he is developing "spin-out" opportunities for new, innovative businesses, resulting from the research and other work of staff and students at the University. Nigel has also been involved in experiential entrepreneurship education and innovation since 2008. This approach combines academic theories and models and using them whilst running a real business. Previously he worked in international business and consultancy.</p> <p>Nigel teaches, advises, supports and mentors undergraduate students in the experiential and business aspects of the innovative, two-year BSc in Business (BBE) Venture Creation Programme. He is also Chairman of all the businesses that the BBE students must establish and run as an integral part of their honours degree in Business Enterprise. BBE is one of only a very small number of similar honours degree programmes in the world that offer undergraduate students the opportunity to study for an honours degree, whilst also starting and developing their own business. These types of degree are called Venture Creation Programmes.</p> <p>Nigel was an international business adviser and developer, with more than 50 years' experience in business, enterprise, management, marketing, and countertrade. He was based in Poland from 1993 until 2002, working on Polish state company restructuring projects as a British Government Know How Fund Management Adviser. Nigel is also a life-time member and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and a Chartered Marketer.
Prof. Nazanin Derakhshan Professor of Experimental Psychopathology, The University of Reading
Nazanin Derakhshan is a Professor of Experimental Psychopathology, and Fund and Director of the BRiC Centre (Building Resilience in Breast Cancer) in the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences at The University of Reading, UK.</p> <p>Prior to joining Reading University in 2022, she spent 18 years in The Department of Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck University of London, UK where she was promoted to Full Professor in 2012. She is voted a key transformational figure I ‘Birkbeck Inspire’, 200th anniversary 2023, for transforming the lives of thousands of women through her worked at the BRiC Centre.</p> <p>Nazanin has conducted extensive research into the neurocognitive mechanisms underlying anxiety and depressive vulnerability, as well as developing and applying neurocognitive interventions designed at reducing vulnerability and promoting resilience, especially in vulnerable populations such as women with a breast cancer diagnosis. She is highly cited in her field and has published widely in top internationally recognised peer-reviewed journals, as well as holding various editorial duties. She was Associate Editor for Cognition and Emotion from 2005 to 2013; and Editor in Chief of Anxiety, Stress and coping from 2010 – 2013, as well as editing three Special Issues in her field.</p> <p>Nazanin ha been the holder of prestigious fellowships at The Royal Society, such as The Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship, as well as at The University of Oxford and St John’s College Oxford. She was elected a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science in 106. She has won multiple awards in teaching (as voted by students) and in research for theoretical advances in knowledge and public engagement and outreach. She has given over 100 (including invited) talks and chaired numerous national and international symposia, including invited talks at the Royal Society, the British Academy, The Welcome Trust and Breast Cancer Now.
David Palfreyman, OBE FRSA Fellow of New College, the University of Oxford; and Director of OxCHEPS
David Palfreyman is the Director of the Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (OxCHEPS), based at New College Oxford; and was a member of the Board of the Office for Students (OfS) for some six years. David regularly lectures on Higher Education policy, governance, and management; especially on legal matters relating to the running of universities.</p> <p>He is the joint editor of the 27 volumes Routledge/Taylor & Francis 'Comparative International Studies in Higher Education' series; and of the 17 volumes on 'The Management of Universities.' His more recent publication is 'Universities and Colleges: A Very Short Introduction' (Oxford University Press, 2017, £7.99). His OUP treatise on ‘The Law of Higher Education’ is now in its third edition (2021), and his volume of ‘The Oxford Tutorial’ (Amazon edition, 2019) is also available in Chinese or Korean.
Prof. Jurgita Malinauskaite Professor in Law, Brunel University, London
Jurgita Malinauskaite is a professor of law at Brunel Law School (BLS), Brunel University London (BUL). She is also a Divisional Lead for Private and Commercial Law and regularly deputises for the Head of Department Previously, Prof. Malinauskaite was the Athena Swan Lead for BLS, successfully leading the law department to achieve an Athena Swan Bronze Award in recognition of its commitment to gender equality, becoming the first non-STEMM BUL department to receive this award.<br /> Prof. Malinauskaite is also the Aurora champion and a role model for women. She regularly organises and chairs Brunel’s Women in Leadership sessions. Together with the University’s equality and diversity team Prof. Malinauskaite runs annual promotional workshops for women, empowering them to advance in their careers. She coaches Action Learning Sets (ALS) and Prof. Malinauskaite was also the Associate Dean for Equality and Diversity, at the College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences. She has authored numerous journal articles as well as two monographs.</p> <p>Quote “There is a considerable worldwide talent pool of women in higher education, which are not utilising their full potential. Unlocking this potential is vital. Dedication to mentoring, coaching, and networking, inspiring conversations and sharing success stories enable positive change”.<br />
Rosemary Sage PhD, M.Phil., BA, LRCSLT, Dip, IPA, Dip. APS, PGCE (Ed, Psych), MRCSLT, FCOT, MACT, MLA, MA Fellow, JP, PGC – Neurology, Linguistics, Psycholinguistics, NVC, Leadership & Management, Educational Robotics
Professor Doctor Rosemary Sage is a qualified speech pathologist, psychologist and teacher; former Dean at the College of Teachers, where she led the first Practitioner Doctorate, sponsored by the European Commission. She was Director of Speech and Language Services in Leicester/ Leicestershire; a Teacher in Primary and Secondary schools; Senior Language Advisor to an LEA; an Academic in 4 universities: Head of Department and Professor of Communication at Liverpool and a visiting Professor in Cuba and Japan.</p> <p>Rosemary was on the Queen’s Panel for Education and Industry Awards. She also sat on the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee as a senior magistrate (Chairperson and Judicial Mentor) and on the judicial executive was a member of the Magistrates in the Community (MIC) project. She sat on a national committee for education, training and professional development. Rosemary was a founder member of the Children’s Legal Panel and expert witness for educational appeals; on Parliamentary Committees for Medicine and Education, the Teaching of Medical Sciences, Inclusion of Students with Special Needs; and Education Advisor to the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. She has been a trustee of several charities, a school governor and member of many research boards. Rosemary has led international research projects on language, education and employment and medical-educational issues (e.g. Intercultural Communication Lead on the EU 27 Nation Project on Diversity). </p> <p>Rosemary has published many books and over 150 refereed papers in journals. National/ international awards have been gained for the Communication Opportunity Group Strategy (COGS).<br /> Rosemary is a winner of the Kenneth Allsop Memorial Prize, Bullard Prize, Gimson Award, International Human Communication Network Medal, College of Teacher’s Research Award and Leverhulme Fellowship + others. She is a Millennium; TCOT Fellow, SEND Director for the Learning for Life Educational Trust and Scientific Advisor at Abai University, Kazakhstan and is on the publications board of the University for Economics and Innovation, Lublin, Poland, plus a Judge for the English-Speaking Union.</p> <p>Quote </p> <p>Higher Education heightens excellence, esteem, earnings, eagerness, exploration, engagement, enjoyment, erudition, enthusiasm, endorsement, and eloquence. There is no end to the benefits.</p> <p>
Professor Robert Van de Noort CBE FSA PFHE Vice-Chancellor University of Reading, Chair Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee
Professor Robert Van de Noort has been the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading since 2019 and has had general responsibility to the University governing body – the Council- for maintaining and promoting the effectiveness, efficiency, and good order of the University. Robert chairs the senate and University Executive Board and is an ex-officio member of all major committees in the University, some of which he chairs.<br /> Professor Van De Noort joined the University of Reading in 2014, and his research expertise is in the archaeology marine, intertidal and terrestrial wetlands He directed multi-organisational fieldwork projects in the Humber Wetlands and at Sutton Common in South Yourkshire (both funded by English Heritage), and he was the PI of the AHRC-funded experimental reconstruction of a Bronze Age sewn-plank boat at the National Maritime Museum, Cornwall. During the last two decades, he has won Major research grants totalling £2.6 million from external organisations. Outside of the University of Reading, Robert chairs the Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC), which helped to provide governance for the Environment Agency Flood and Coastal Erosion risk management functions and covers all flood risks that are not the responsibility of the water companies.<br /> Quote<br /> “The University of Reading’s first Vice Chancellor, W.M.Childs, said:<br /> ‘Universities are living things: they feel, think and do. They are centres of intelligence, they are concerned with ideas; they have outposts upon the frontiers of knowledge; they sometimes do beautiful and remarkable things; they dream and imagine’. The successful university leader not only understands this instinctively, but can fully harness its power.”</p> <p>