Paul Coyle

Prof Paul Coyle ACEEU Australia Adelaide


From 2013-2017, worked as an independent consultant, trading under the name Prof Paul Coyle. From 2017, Paul continued and expanded these activities as the Founder and Director of the Entrepreneurial Mindset Network, which helps individuals, leaders and organisations to benefit from the entrepreneurial mindset. .





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 over 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.




HE Experience


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

Assistant Provost


Assistant Provost*

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