Since 2013, Paul has been working as an independent consultant, trading under the name Prof Paul Coyle.
He is a non-executive director at the University Industry Innovation Network, where he undertakes the role of Director of Executive Education.
He works with the European Commission DG Education & Culture as a member of the HEInnovate Facilitators Group and is a special advisor to the UK's National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education.
In 2016, he took on the role of Vice-Chair for the Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Undiversities.
In 2017, Paul became the founding Director of the Entrepreneurial Mindset Network.
Paul's continuing action research focuses on the entrepreneurial mindset & he is a regular contributor to workshops around the world. His scholarly activity seeks to identify practical actions that can be taken to improve innovation and Higher Education. His presentations at academic conferences and publications include:
The Entrepreneurial Mindset in Higher Education Paper (double blind peer reviewed) at the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange (ACERE) conference, Melbourne, Australia.
Defining the entrepreneurial university within a framework of innovation and education Paper presentation at the ACERE 2016 Conference, co-sponsored by Griffith University and Queensland University of Technology, Australia. ISBN 978-0-646-95752-4.
How entrepreneurial leadership can engage university staff in the development of an entrepreneurial culture that supports university-industry interaction Journal Industry and Higher Education. Vol 28, No 4, pp. 263-269.
University-industry collaboration: the organisation, management and leadership challenge. Journal Advances in Higher Education by the SPACE Network for Business Studies and European Languages.
Creating the future of the entrepreneurial university, from concept into practice and impact. Coyle, P., Gibb, A., and Haskins, G. Published by the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education, 2013, UK.
Higher Education Career
Covering nearly 30 years, Paul has made contributions to the fields of art, business, computing, design, entrepreneurship, health, management and science. Over a decade, Paul worked as a member of university executive teams, leading organisational & cultural change and contributing to mergers that established three new universities in the UK. Most recently, he held the posts of Pro Vice-Chancellor for Learning & Teaching and Executive Dean for Arts and Business. Whilst working at the University of Wales, Newport, he held the title of Professor of Entrepreneurial Leadership. Paul holds a postgraduate certificate in Institutional Management & Change in Higher Education, an MA in Microcomputer Systems and a BSc in Physics. From 2011 to 2014, he was a member of HEFCE’s Leadership, Governance and Management Strategic Advisory Committee.
University of Wales Newport
Professor and Executive Dean
Professor of Entrepreneurial Leadership
2012 – 2013
Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts & Business
including the Newport Business School
2012 – 2013
University for the Creative Arts
Professor and Pro Vice-Chancellor
Professor of Leadership and Management
2010 – 2012
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean
2008 – 2012
Head of College
2005 – 2008
Dean of Arts & Media
2003 - 2005
London Guildhall University
2000 – 2002
* including responsibility for the departments of Art, Design & Technology, Economics, Computing & Maths, and Law
Head of the Sir John Cass Department of Design & Technology
1997 - 2000
University of Central Lancashire
Head and Principal Lecturer
Head of Visual Communication & 3D Design*
1991 – 1997
* including responsibility for quality management in the Faculties of Health and Design & Technology
Principal Lecturer in Design and Computing
1990 – 1991
Principal Lecturer in Business Computing and Systems Analysis & Design
1988 - 1990
LII/Senior Lecturer in Computer Science
1986 - 1988
General Electric Company
Researcher and Programmer