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John Coggin

Head of Research Advocacy, Faculty of Registrars



John Coggin serves as the head of research advocacy at the University of Nottingham, where he designs and delivers strategies to advance the university's research priorities, working collaboratively across the university and engaging with cross-sector external stakeholders.

In this role, he draws upon his more than twelve years of experience in international policy and public engagement, fundraising strategy, and organisational development. Before moving to the UK, John worked in the US in policy advocacy and development strategy for the Rural Economic Development Center, philanthropy and community relations for PNC Bank, and civic engagement and programme development for the Institute for Emerging Issues at NC State University.

John received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies from North Carolina State University and a Master of Theological Studies in Religion, Ethics, and Politics from Harvard University. John is currently a part-time PhD student at Durham University. His research studies how ideas about life's meaning and purpose operate in professional leadership development programmes.

John currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Harvard Alumni Association, and is a Fellow at Cumberland Lodge.