Keynotes 2022

Professor Jonathan Grant

Professor Jonathan Grant

Director of Different Angles Ltd


Jonathan is founding Director of Different Angles Ltd, a consultancy that focuses on the social impact of universities and research. His main interests are in biomedical and health R&D policy, research impact assessment, the use of research and evidence in policy and decision-taking, and the social purpose of universities in the 21st century. Jonathan has significant international experience, having helped formulate and implement R&D and other strategies in, for example, the UK, Greece, Norway, Qatar, Oman, Abu Dhabi, Australia, Canada and the USA. He is also a Trustee of the Association of Medical Research Charities.

Jonathan used to be as professor of public policy at King’s College London, which he joined in 2014 to set up the Policy Institute at King’s and was its Director until 2017. He stepped down to “hold the pen” on developing King’s strategic vision 2029 and was subsequently appointed Vice President & Vice Principal (Service). Service is King’s award-winning and unique commitment to social responsibility and covers a range of activities including social reform, research impact, service-led learning, volunteering, and environment sustainability. It is one of King’s five strategic priorities and encapsulates King’s commitment to society beyond education and research. Jonathan decided to leave King’s in 2021 to focus his efforts on Different Angles.

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. Before joining RAND in 2002, he was Head of Policy at the Wellcome Trust.

Jonathan’s book, The New Power University. The social purpose of higher education in the 21st century, was published by Pearson in March 2021.

Dr. Sarah Jones

Dr. Sarah Jones

Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Media at De Montfort University

Sarah is Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Media at De Montfort University.  Previous posts include, Head of the Birmingham School of Media at Birmingham City University and Deputy Head of Media and Performing Arts at Coventry University and Journalism.

Sarah’s practice and research sits within emerging technologies and the development of immersive experiential films. Sarah holds a PhD in this area and recently advised the UK Government on immersive technologies.  

Sarah is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and previously served on the on the board of the Association of Journalism Educators, it a Trustee of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and holds external roles at Leeds Trinity, Southampton Solent and an examiner for the NCTJ.

Sarah is committed to transforming the student experience through engagement opportunities, whilst promoting inclusive learning strategies.


Professor Cate Denial

Professor Cate Denial

Bright Distinguished Professor of American History; Chair of History; Director of the Bright Institute at Knox College


Cate Denial is the Bright Distinguished Professor of American History, Chair of the History department, and Director of the Bright Institute at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. A 2018-2021 Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, Cate is the winner of the American Historical Association’s 2018 Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching award, and currently sits on the boards of the Western Historical Quarterly and Commonplace: A Journal of Early American Life. Cate is at work on a new book, A Pedagogy of Kindness, under contract with West Virginia University Press.  Her historical research has examined the early nineteenth-century experience of pregnancy, childbirth and child-rearing in Upper Midwestern Ojibwe and missionary cultures, research that grew from Cate’s previous book, Making Marriage: Husbands, Wives, and the American State in Dakota and Ojibwe Country (2013). Cate consults on pedagogy in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom, and works with individuals, departments, and institutions of every size.

Cate presented ‘A Pedagogy of Kindness in Action’, the APT conference’s first ever open online keynote, on Friday 24 June, 2022  (recording below).

Here are the links for a couple of resources that Cate mentioned in the session:
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