W100 Annual Conference 2019: Speakers

The story and purpose behind #MadeAtUni – a campaign to brings to life the impact of universities on people, lives and communities. 

Nicky Old
Director, Communications and External Relations, Universities UK

Nicky Old is Director – Communications and External Relations leading the in-house communications and external relations team which covers UUK’s media, government and political affairs, social media, digital and campaigning activities. 

Before joining Universities UK, Nicky was Chief of Staff for the CEO and Head of Corporate Communications for the Education Funding Agency, part of the Department for Education. She also led on public affairs for the Building Schools for the Future programme. Before working in government, Nicky was a Head of Press and Information for the University of Oxford. She originally trained and worked as a print journalist.

Britain’s most popular cosmologist and Renaissance man takes us behind the scenes of some of his global engagement and the impacts it has had on physics and Manchester.

Professor Brian Cox OBE
Professor and Cosmologist, The University of Manchester

Professor Brian Cox OBE is Professor of Particle Physics at the University of Manchester, The Royal Society Professor for Public Engagement in Science and a Fellow of the Royal Society.

He is a hugely successful television presenter, and has received many awards for his work promoting science. His television and radio credits include 21st Century Space RaceForces of NatureHuman UniverseWonders of LifeWonders of the Universe, Wonders of the Solar System, a series on Einstein for BBC Radio 4, three BBC Horizon programmes and a BBC4 documentary about the LHC at CERN, The Big Bang Machine. Brian has also worked in the music business, having toured the world with various bands and played keyboard with D:REAM, and co-wrote the books that accompany several of his television series. 

How should universities respond to freedom of speech challenges in relation to developments in both social media and in politics? 

Monique Mourits
Director Communications and Marketing, Utrecht University

Monique Mourits is Director Communications and Marketing at Utrecht University. Having worked at the university for over 10 years, she previously held the position of Director of the Centre for Cultural & Public Engagement.

Renee Merkx
Director of Strategic Communication and Marketing, Leiden University

Renée Merkx is the Director Strategic Communications and Marketing at Leiden University. Before joining Leiden University, Renée worked in different areas of comms and marketing. She held senior positions in KPMG, international construction business and the health industry.

How 19 Dutch cities are driving innovation in education through the national City Deal in Education programme.

Rowinda Appelman
Project Manager City Deal in Education, Dutch Government

After completing the Social Innovation Fellowship at the U.S. State Department as one of the first seven Europeans, Rowinda Appelman is now the national program manager of the City Deal on Education. In this role, she is responsible for the design and implementation of the Deal in the 19 largest knowledge cities in the Netherlands. Appelman runs the national network, takes care of strategic cooperation with the Ministries, umbrella organizations and main partners, takes care of the communication with the Ministers and executives, coordinates all City Deal events and the exchange of knowledge at national and regional level. In addition, Appelman runs a social network for 3,900 expat members in Amsterdam and is a Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum.

What is the best way to structure communications and marketing operations to engage key audiences, and how should success be measured?

David Estok
Vice-President Communications, University of Toronto

David oversees a team of marketing and communications professionals in digital media, brand marketing, media relations and communications. David has years of experience working in a collaborative manner in complex organizations in both the private and public sectors.

Prior to joining The University of Toronto, David was Vice-President, Communications for SickKids Hospital Foundation for five years. During that time, the Foundation was recognized for numerous awards in marketing and communications including a Silver Lion at Cannes for the “Better Tomorrow” campaign. David was the Editor-in-Chief of The Hamilton Spectator, a large, suburban newspaper for three and a half years. Under his leadership the newspaper was nominated for 11 National Newspaper Awards, two Michener awards, dozens of Ontario Daily Newspaper Awards and was named best largescale media organization in Canada.

Philippe Beauregard
Chief Communications Officer, Concordia University

Philippe Beauregard leads University Communications Services (UCS), the group that opens the channels of communication throughout the university and to the outside world. Guiding a team of communications, media relations, marketing, and digital communications professionals, Beauregard’s role is to devise and implement strategies that enhance Concordia’s reputation, develop and maintain the integrity of Concordia’s brand and improve the communications between the university and its faculty, staff, students and their parents, alumni, the media and general public.

Prior to his appointment, he served as associate vice-rector, Communications at the Université de Montréal. He has held a number of senior management positions at technology firm CGI and Ketchum Canada, and currently serves as a volunteer member of the Council of Trustees at Stanstead College, and of the boards of Les amis de la montagne and l'Institut du Nouveau Monde.

Johanna Lowe
Director, Marketing and Communications, The University of Sydney

How universities need to meet the challenge of explaining their public purpose in challenging times. 

Jonathan Grant
Vice President & Vice Principal (Service), King's College University

Jonathan Grant is the Vice President & Vice-Principal (Service) at King’s College London and Professor of Public Policy at the Policy Institute at King’s. Service has been identified as one of five strategic priorities in King’s Strategic Vision 2029 and encapsulates King’s commitment to society beyond education and research. Jonathan has been at King’s for over 5 years and was Director of the Policy Institute between February 2014 and 2017.

Prior to joining King’s Jonathan was President of RAND Europe between June 2006 and October 2012, where he oversaw the doubling of the organisation's activity in Europe and the establishment of the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research, a joint venture with the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining RAND in 2002, Jonathan was Head of Policy at the Wellcome Trust.

What sort of relationship should a university have with its 21st Century City?

Lord Bob Kerslake
Chair of the Commission, Civic University Commission

Lord Kerslake is the Chair of Sheffield Hallam University, Chair of Peabody, Chair of the Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS), Chair of London Collective Investment Vehicle, and is President of the Local Government Association. A former Head of the Civil Service, Bob led the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) from November 2010, stepping down in February 2015. Prior to his DCLG role, he was the first Chief Executive of the Homes and Communities Agency.

Before joining the Civil Service, Bob received a knighthood for his services to local government, spending eight years serving the London Borough of Hounslow and then a further 11 years leading Sheffield Council. In early 2015, he was made a life peer, taking the title Baron Kerslake, of Endcliffe in the City of Sheffield.

Sustainability at the core: the experience of University of Navarra
The contribution of the university to sustainability in its teaching, its research, and in campus life.

María Iraburu
Vice-President of Faculty Affairs, University of Navarra

María Iraburu is Vice-President of Faculty Affairs and Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at University of Navarra. Prof. Iraburu earned her doctorate in Biological Sciences in 1992 at University of Navarra, and from 1993 to 1996 was post-doctoral researcher at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York. Along with her research and teaching activities at the Schools of Sciences and Medicine, she has an extensive experience in university management and governance. She is a member of the governing board of the University of Navarra since 2005. Her interests include sustainability, liberal education and the role of humanities and science in shaping society.

Dr Miguel Lim
Lecturer in Education and International Development, The University of Manchester

Dr. Miguel Antonio Lim is Lecturer in Education and International Development, Programme Director of the MA Education (International) and Research Coordinator at the Manchester Institute of Education at the University of Manchester. His research interests include performance metrics, internationalisation, and reputation management in higher education. He is task force leader on migration and higher education at the EU-Marie Curie Alumni Association.

Previously, he was EU-Marie Curie Fellow at Aarhus University, Denmark. He has worked on international partnerships for Sciences Po-Paris and taught at the London School of Economics (LSE). From 2010-2012, he was the Executive Director of the Global Public Policy Network Secretariat.

Community Engagement

Susan Mide Kiss
Senior Director - Community Engagement, University of Calgary

Susan is Senior Director - Community Engagement at the University of Calgary. She is an experienced Senior Director with a demonstrated history in Canadian charitable, health and higher education sectors, and is skilled in community engagement, social action, policy development, strategic planning, philanthropy and team leadership. Susan has an MA in Leadership from Royal Roads University.

Louis Arseneault
Vice Principal (Communications and External Relations), McGill University

Louis Arseneault is Vice-Principal (Communications and External Relations) at McGill University since February 1, 2017. His expertise includes strategic communications and marketing, public affairs, economic development, government and media relations, as well as issues management. Mr. Arseneault came to McGill after 11 years with Montréal International, an economic development agency serving the Greater Montreal area, where he worked as Vice-President (Talent Attraction, Promotion and Communications). Prior to joining Montréal International, he worked as Senior Director of corporate communications at Bell Canada, and as Assistant Director of public affairs at CAA-Québec.

As Vice-Principal (Communications and External Relations), Mr. Arseneault is responsible for government relations, community engagement and the University’s overall communications, public affairs and marketing portfolio.

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell
President and Vice-Chancellor, The University of Manchester

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, FRS, President and Vice-Chancellor, leads by example. Her own research in the field of neuroscience, which is ongoing, has contributed towards major advances in the understanding and treatment of brain damage in stroke and head injury.

She joined the Victoria University of Manchester in 1987, became Professor of Physiology in 1994 and held an MRC Research Chair from 1998 to 2010. Concurrent with her Faculty posts she has also held University roles as Vice-President for Research (2004–2007) and as Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (2007–2010).

She was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in June 2004 and made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in June 2005 in recognition of her services to science.

Professor Rothwell became President and Vice-Chancellor in July 2010 – the first woman to lead The University of Manchester or either of its two predecessor institutions. She was the founding President of the Royal Society of Biology and has also served as a non-executive director of AstraZeneca.  She is currently Co-Chair of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater Manchester, Chair of Corridor Manchester Board, a member of the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership Board and a member of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership Board.

Professor Rothwell takes a strong and active interest in the public communication of science.