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Clarke Carlisle
Former footballer Clarke Carlisle is noted as one of the most eloquent, insightful voices in the modern game. He gained a great deal of acclaim and recognition in his time and his work speaking up against racism, homophobia and other excesses of the game on and off the pitch.

Starting his career at Blackpool FC Clarke proved himself a capable central defender and scored in just his second professional appearance. He went on to play for QPR, Leeds United, Watford, and a number of league teams. He also helped Burnley secure their place in the Premier League for the first time ever.

It was off the pitch, however, that Clarke became best known. He was vocal and passionate about his own battles with drink and depression which led to a spell at the Sporting Chance Clinic. Clarke spoke openly about both the difficulty in dealing with such issues in sport and also the reluctance to discuss mental health more widely.

Clarke’s work in these areas, combined with his reputation as Britain’s cleverest footballer, saw him appointed Chair of the PFA, the footballers’ union. He was outspoken on areas around race and racism, players wages, and other controversial issues in and around the game. He became a regular commentator in the media offering an inside perspective on stories within the sport.

In presentations Clarke recounts his own story, the highs and the lows. He considers what it takes to achieve, and also to overcome apparently impossible odds. He examines what makes a team effective, the lessons to be learned from football, and also how his personal experience can inform how mental health is viewed.
Clarke has featured on news and sports programmes on ITV, Sky and the BBC, including Match of the Day 2. Away from sport he has appeared on Question Time, Countdown (where he won twice) and fronted his own BBC Three documentaries on mental health and racism in football.


Michelle Dickinson
Michelle has a PhD in biomedical materials engineering, runs New Zealand’s only nanomechanical testing laboratory and is a
self-confessed adrenaline junkie.

Her passion for both sports and science has enabled her to travel the world on the search for her next adventure or research project. With specialist knowledge in nanotechnology, Michelle has contributed to the development of cutting edge technologies.

Secretly, however, Michelle has been working on advancing these developments to help her to achieve her childhood dream of becoming a real life superhero. In her spare time you will usually find her outside kitesurfing, cycling, running, paddle boarding, or inside practicing martial arts.

Her move to academia from industry was a step towards her goal of inspiring females to push the boundaries in both science and sports, and to encourage environmentally sustainable living through engineering design. As well as being the founder and Director of Nanogirl Labs Ltd, Michelle has also authored two books, No 8 Recharged and The Kitchen Science Cookbook.

Member of New Zealand Order of Merit Michelle was winner of the Women of Influence award for science and innovation in 2016, was awarded the Sir Peter Blake Leadership in 2015 and was winner of the Prime Ministers Science Media Communication Prize and the New Zealand Association of Scientists Science Communicators Award in 2014. Dr Michelle Dickinson uses the popular twitter handle' Nanogirl ' @medickinson. On a mission to use science for good, not evil!

Leading teaching and learning through data: Towards the personalisation of Higher Education

Ian Dunn, Provost at Coventry University

(sponsored by Amazon Web Services)

Ranked “University of the Year for Student Experience” in the latest Times and Sunday Times League table, Coventry University is embedding digital innovation throughout university life. In this presentation, Ian Dunn, Provost at Coventry University explains how data and learner analytics is helping student engagement and explores the wider potential of data for fostering mental wellbeing.

Ian Dunn is Provost at Coventry University, with responsibility for the academic character of the University Group. He began work at Coventry in 1992 as a Lecturer, and in 2010, took over as Acting Dean of the Faculty and later that year as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Student Empowerment. Ian became Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience in 2013 and subsequently Provost in 2018. He was voted the Guardian newspaper Inspirational Leader in Higher Education in 2016 and has seen the university awarded The Times / Sunday Times University of the Year for Student Experience 2018.

Ian Dunn

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Event: UCISA19 Leadership Conference
Date: 27 March 2019   -   29 March 2019
Venue: Edinburgh International Conference Centre
Book by:  8 March 2019
Status: open
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