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Series Two - Next Generation Impact

8th February 1pm - 2pm GMT

While acknowledging that the impact agenda is increasingly being adopted by HEIs, strategy implementation lags with some stakeholders losing patience. This event will seek to accelerate HEI strategy implementation by gaining real momentum from discussions to play both the Old-and-New impact game.

Institutional approaches to Impact

8th February 1-2pm GMT

The Presenter

Professor Paul Phillips, Professor of Strategic Management at Kent Business School, University of Kent

Professor Paul Phillips

Professor Paul Phillips is Professor of Strategic Management at Kent Business School, University of Kent, UK.

One of his current research projects help actors in the global university research ecosystem to challenge the “impact” status quo. Professor Phillips brings about change through agile strategic management, innovation, design thinking and technology to help (re)shape and drive impact transformation across universities, businesses, governments, processes and people. Paul delivers strategy and crisis management workshops, which enable organisations to rapidly adapt to changing Covid-19 market conditions by introducing novel value and growth through new products and services.


Dr Luz Longsworth, Former Pro Vice-Chancellor & Former Principal – Open Campus University of The West Indies

Dr Luz Longsworth

Dr Luz Longsworth’s research and practice focus on Virtual Leadership in Higher Education, Leadership Development, Women in Leadership, and Organizational Transformation and Change. She launched in September 2021 her own independent consulting practice in the areas of Higher Education, Leadership and Management and currently is Lead Project Consultant for the establishment of the Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart International School for Hospitality and Tourism Management, a partnership with Sandals Resorts International, The UWI and Florida International University.

Professor Mariam Ali S A Al-Maadeed, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies at Qatar University

Professor Mariam Ali S A Al-Maadeed

Prof. Mariam Al-Maadeed is the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, and a professor of Physics and Materials Science at Qatar University. Since 2016, she has been leading the University’s research and graduate studies development strategies and programs. She has played a major role in developing research and graduate studies programs, and in promoting and strengthening national and international relations in this field. She has extensive and internationally recognized experience in the fields of higher education, research strategies, materials and nanotechnology.

Professor Victor Newman, Industrial Fellow at University of Greenwich

Professor Victor Newman

Professor Newman is an innovation practitioner whose current executive roles include Chair of Quatre Ltd’s strategic advisory board; and Director of Innovation, Mind Fit Ltd; Industrial Fellow to University of Greenwich’s Centre for Innovation, Imagination and Inspiration, Visiting Fellow to Cranfield University on the subject of Strategic Knowledge Management and Innovation, Advisory Boards member to several organisations.

Victor has contributed to the Harvard Business Review, included in Harvard’s “Fifty Lessons” interviews with 200 of the world’s most respected business and featured in The Wall Street Journal. Professor Newman is the inventor of innovation techniques including the Designing Leadership Pills method, Predator, Baton=Passing, Smart Failing, Process Leadership, Behavioural Literacy, VMOSEEM3 (success visualisation and realisation process), Breakout Benchmarking, the Resilience Engagement Footprint Profile, and SPIL (Snapshot Profile for Innovation Leadership).

Professor Shane Weller, Deputy Vice Chancellor Research & Innovation at the University of Kent

Professor Shane Weller

After studying at the universities of Oxford and Yale, Professor Shane Weller taught at Oxford  and he was Head of the School of European Culture and Languages prior to his appointment to the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation. Shane’s teaching and research interests lie in the fields of modern European literature and culture, and the history of ideas. His publications include books and articles on a range of modern European writers and thinkers, as well as on topics such as the history of nihilism, cultural nationalism, and cosmopolitanism. His latest book, Language and Negativity in European Modernism: Toward a Literature of the Unword, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2019. He has recently completed a book entitled The Idea of Europe: A Critical History, contracted for publication with Cambridge University Press in 2021.