Dr Philip James Purnell

Education Leadership

Dr Philip James Purnell

Ranking projects manager
United Arab Emirates University

Philip J. Purnell graduated from the Institute of Psychiatry, at King’s College London and then went on to hold a research post at the Max-Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich, Germany. He then moved into the pharmaceutical industry holding positions in AstraZeneca, UCB and the Angelini Group.

Philip subsequently held a strategic advisory role at Thomson Reuters in which he advised universities, research institutes, governments and funding bodies across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America on strategies to improve their research output, citation impact and ranking performance. He has also studied the underlying publication and citation data used in bibliometric studies and university rankings that he has communicated through academic publications and has delivered workshops and lectures in more than 20 countries.

In his role at UAE University, Philip leads all projects related to university rankings including performance analysis & benchmarking, digital content creation & promotion. He works closely with the College Deans and faculty members to support publishing strategy and maintains regular contact with external stakeholders including alumni, peer institutions and industry partners. Philip is the primary contact at the university for the ranking organisations and organises events and collects and submits institutional data.

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