Dr Sonal Minocha joined Bournemouth University in June 2014 as our lead for Global Engagement, which encompasses global recruitment, partnership, staff and student mobility and a global profile raising agenda for the university.
Her appointment as Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Global Engagement brought with it a re-energised institutional approach towards comprehensive internationalisation and the creation of a long-term vision for a Global BU that is anchored to, and complementary to, the university’s wider strategic vision. Among the key areas of work Sonal has led at BU have been the fusing of employability with internationalisation through the pioneering Global Talent Programme to enhance student experience and employability, the innovative Hubs of Practice for a highly profiled presence in the Indian, Chinese and ASEAN markets and the successful Global Festival of Learning – a simultaneous celebration of learning across three continents. This early traction has been demonstrably recognised through the recent nomination for the Outstanding International Strategy category at the 2016 THELMA Awards.
Sonal has more than ten years of senior management experience across the public and private sectors in global Higher Education, having begun her career as a business graduate before moving into an academic career which started at the UK's University of Northumbria.
Before joining BU, Sonal was Executive Dean at the University of Bedfordshire Business School. In this role, she led the largest faculty at the university (approximately £36 million) comprising a range of departments including the Law School. In this role, she incepted and implemented a practice-led vision for the faculty that resulted in a number of expressions of this vision. These included a refreshed new course portfolio, innovative ‘mini internships’ called practice weeks, a refreshed infrastructure with creative practice driven ‘wall art’, more than 30 new productive relationships with regional employers – thus reprofiling to establish a truly business-facing Business School.
In her executive portfolio, Sonal led the design and development of an exciting new employability proposition for the university: Education + Experience = UOB Employability commitment leading to a number of awards for the framework and its projects including AGCAS awards for two consecutive years for the innovative ‘Hire Me’ scheme.
Alongside strong academic credentials in the broad area of international commerce and business, Sonal holds a Fellowship of the RSA, Higher Education Academy and the Strategic Planning Society. Her main teaching and research interests lie in the areas of global higher education, graduate employability, management education and practice, strategic creativity and organisational learning. As well as management education, she has a special interest in film and related international creative industries and her work has been disseminated via a range of outlets including books, articles and refereed papers.
Sonal’s practice expertise has led to the design, development and delivery of innovative programmes for a range of corporate and international clients throughout her career (including Harrods, Ridgeons, Basildon Hospital and Severstal).
Sonal’s key external appointments include External Examiner at Ulster University, UKCISA Board of Trustees, International Academic Advisory Council for QS Conferences and Governor at Poole Hospitals NHS Trust.
Sonal is a passionate advocate for innovative approaches to teaching and learning, internationalisation of the ‘home’ experience, close university-industry interaction for a brand of HE that is integrated with policy and practice – regionally, nationally and internationally.