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Professor John Humphreys BSc, MSc, M.Ed, PhD, FIBiol

John Humphreys' experience includes 10 years as Pro Vice-Chancellor (PVC) at the University of Greenwich in London, UK: One of a small top management team responsible for the general management of a University of 24,000 students and £120 million per annum turnover. He was initially appointed PVC Academic, a job he did for 6 years before moving to PVC Research. His management experience therefore is wide ranging, from academic planning, quality assurance, learning and teaching, student recruitment,and marketing to all aspects of research and enterprise including research development and assessment,   knowledge transfer, incubation, spin-outs intellectual property licensing etc.

Line Management responsibilities as PVC ranged across both academic and administrative senior managers including Deans/ Heads of: Science, Pharmacy, Engineering, Humanities, Education, Health & Social Care etc. Also University Registrar, Director of Research, Head of Marketing and Head of Planning. He led for his University on the development of a new School of Pharmacy jointly with the University of Kent. He was also Board Director & Chief Executive of Greenwich University Enterprises Ltd (the University's commercial subsidiary) and a board director of various other commercial companies whose activity ranged from drug development to environmental services.

John's earlier career included 10 years as a Head of School/Dean of Faculty during which time he was involved in the management of two acquisitions, one requiring his secondment to a Health Authority as Vice Principal of a School of Health Care Education.

Originally trained in Oceanography at Southampton University he has remained active in the discipline specialising in the ecology of estuarine and coastal benthos. He is a chartered biologist and Fellow of the Institute of Biology in the UK.

His international experience includes work for individual institutions, international aid agencies and Governments. He co-founded the NGO Tabeisa which, supported mainly with British Government and European Union funding, has since 1994, been working on economic development and poverty reduction projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Having retired from University management in December 2007 John Humphreys is emeritus professor at Greenwich and offers consultancy services trading as JHConsulting. He is also a director of companies in South Africa and the UK. He has over seventy publications a recent selection of which are given below.


Publications Since 2000

Humphreys, J (2000) Education and the professionalisation of nursing: non-collective action and the erosion of labour market control.
Journal of Education Policy
15 (3) 263-279
Francis, B and Humphreys, J (2000) Professional education as a structural barrier to lifelong learning in the NHS
Journal of Education Policy 15(3) 281-292
Francis, B and Humphreys, J (2002) Paper above also published under the same title in Harrison, Reeve, Hanson and Clark (Eds)
Supporting Life Long Learning London: Routledge-Falmer/OUP
Humphreys, J and Conlon, J (2004) Higher Education and Local Communities
South African Journal of Higher Education
17 (3) 66-73
Jenson, A C Humphreys, J Caldow, RWG and Dyrynda, PEJ (2004) Naturalisation of the Manila Clam Tapes philippinarum an alien species and establishment of a clam fishery within Poole Harbour, Dorset.
Journal of the Marine Biological Association of UK 84 1069-1073
Humphreys, J and May, V (Editors) (2005) The Ecology of Poole Harbour Elsevier: Proceedings in Marine Science Series pp 282
Humphreys, J (2005) Salinity and Tides in Poole Harbour: Estuary or Lagoon? 35-48
The Ecology of Poole Harbour
publication above
Humphreys, J and May, V (2005) Science, Development and Management
The Ecology of Poole Harbour 259-262
publication above
Le V.dit Durrell, SEA Stillman, RA Caldow, RWG McGrorty, S West, AD and Humphreys, J (2006) Modelling the effect of environmental change on shorebirds
Biological Conservation 131 459-473
Humphreys, J, Caldow, RGW McGrorty, S West, Jensen, AC (2007) Population dynamics of naturalised Manila clams Ruditapes philippinarum in British Coastal waters.
Marine Biology
151 2245-2253
Caldow, RGW Stillman, RA Le V.dit Durrell, SEA West, AD McGrorty, S Goss-Custard, JD Wood, PJ, Humphreys, J (2007) Benefits to shorebirds from invasion of a non-native shellfish
Proceedings of the Royal Society B 274, 1449-1455
Humphreys, J and Conlon, J (2007) Universities, Poverty and Technology Management: Developing Export Markets for West African Micro-enterprises
International Journal of Technology Management & Sustainable Development
6 (2) 123 - 133
Durrell, SEA LeV.dit. RGW Caldow, S McGrorty, AD West, RA Stillman and J Humphreys (2008) Population structure and secondary production of the ragworm Hediste (Nereis) diversicolor in Poole Harbour, UK.
Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society 129 163-174