Professor Nigel Culkin

Emeritus Professor of Enterprise & Entrepreneurial Development

20002022

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My work focuses principally on entrepreneurial learning in organisations, decision-making, student & graduate entrepreneurship and enterprise policy with special attention to innovation and opportunity recognition in the digital industries. I have attracted in excess of €26M investment to help implement the UH Enterprise Strategy, which has sustained over 75 ‘enterprise’ posts and authored over 50 publications. My work has contributed to UH jumping to 32nd place in the UK research impact ratings, the highest rise of any university in the sector; a rise of 61 places since 2014. The REF2021 results (published 12th May 2022) indicates that our research has real-world benefits with 90% of our research impact has been classified as ‘outstanding’ (4*) or ‘very considerable’ (3*).

In 2014 I was elected President of the Institute of Small Business & Entrepreneurship, which led to me Chairing the HEI Working Group for Lord Young (the Prime Minister’s Special Advisor on Small Business) during the development of his 3rd Report entitled, Enterprise for All.

In 2015 I was invited to join the prestigious Peer Review College at the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and am a regular contributor at the UNCTAD Expert Meeting on entrepreneurship and building productive capacities, held every year in Geneva.

I have wide-ranging experience and expertise in advising, reviewing, leading and participating in major funded projects for organisations including the ESRC, UK government, Major Banks, European Union, ILO and the FSB. In 2016, I led a project commissioned by the British Embassy and British Council in Serbia, as part of a UK initiative on how to encourage entrepreneurship in the classroom. Further projects were to follow in the West Balkan region, funded by the Swedish Institute for nascent entrepreneurs and, Vietnam for university students with the British Council.

Two of my three books on Brexit, have been discussed on Sky News, BBC World Service, R5L and LBC Radio; the third Covid, Brexit and The Anglosphere: Frameworks for Future Trade and Economic Growth was published in September 2022.

Finally, I became the Principal Investigator for a French Investment Bank project: Climate Changed with, Rothamsted Research Institute, UCL, and Cranfield University (value £3.5M [2019-24). In August 2020, I was awarded a grant with colleagues in the Centre for Research in Public Health and Community Care and international colleagues for the Investigation and Implementation of Solutions for Challenging of the Elderly in Vietnam by Networking with Advanced Countries by The Academy of Medical Sciences (2020-22). 

Education/Academic qualification

Small Firms & Institutions, MA (by Research), University of Hertfordshire

Award Date: 1 May 1998

Entrepreneurial Innovation, Ph.D, University of Hertfordshire

External positions

President, http://isbe.org.uk/

1 May 201430 Apr 2016

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