Vice-Principal of Coventry University

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Michael Goldstone CBE

He received his CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours – 1997

“Since retiring from being Vice-Chancellor of Coventry University, I have undertaken occasional consultancy in higher education, been non-executive director of a wide range of organisations (including as Chair of boards), and continued writing. In previous years, I published a large number of scientific papers, but since then have written occasional articles and conference presentations on education policy, educational marketing, and professional regulation of forensic practitioners. I have written several review chapters in scientific books in the past, and have recently co-authored “Three Lives in Education: Reflections of an Anglo-Jewish Family”, Susy Stone, Jean Lawrence and Michael Goldstein; Clio Publishing (Southampton), revised edition 2011 (ISBN 978-0-9556983-5-4) – for for services to higher education.

Board Member States of Jersey Skills Board – Present (6 years)

From 2005 to 2008, I chaired the States of Jersey Higher Education Development Group, which was subsumed into the Skills Board when that was created.

Chair of the Board Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust (1 year 8 months)

I was a Non-Executive Director of the Trust shortly after its formation in 2006 before being appointed as Chair

Vice-Chancellor Coventry University (12 years 3 months) I was Deputy Director (from Jan 1983), then Director of Coventry Polytechnic (from Sep 1987) prior to the institution becoming Coventry University.

Royal Society of Chemistry  (18 years)  I held a variety of positions with the RSC, including Vice-President (1992-93) then President (1993-95) of the Education Division; member (1993-95) then Chair (1995-99) of the Quialifications and Education Board

Three Lives in Education: Reflections of an Anglo-Jewish Family(Link)

Clio Publishing (Southampton)

September 2011

Spanning the period from WW2 to the present, three members of one family have written a book which questions education in Britain today, within the autobiographical context of their own humble origins as the children of Polish-Jewish immigrants. Their high achievements, based in primary, secondary and higher education sectors, is anchored in their experiences as second generation British immigrants.
A common strand through their accounts is a strong empathy for the socially disadvantaged. The major themes are:

• Disruptive pupils and behavioural problems;
• Teaching of immigrant communities;
• The relation between families and schools;
• Faith schools;
• Undergraduate tuition fees and the marketisation of higher education;
• Widening of participation in higher education;
• The relation between education and business;
• De-valuing of the teaching profession.

The book thus has strong human interest; challenges the status quo regarding educational delivery; shows that difficult personal circumstances can be overcome; that social disadvantage need not be a barrier to individual betterment; that commitment, hard work and devotion can bring its own rewards; and that education can work wonders.

Professor Tony Kushner, Director of the Parkes Institute for the study of Jewish/non-Jewish relations, University of Southampton writes:
“This is a remarkable book which is of interest at so many different levels. First, as a collective autobiography of an ordinary Jewish family of immigrant origin who have made an extraordinary contribution to education in Britain. Second, as a study of minorities in British society – past and present – and responses to them. Third, as a history and critique of education from primary school through to university in the twentieth and twenty first centuries. Moving, insightful and challenging, there is wisdom, passion and wit in the generational life stories presented in this unique study.”

Hackney Downs Grammar School  

I was awarded the CBE for services to higher education in 1997, and the City of Coventry Ambassadors Award for “outstanding personal contribution to Coventry and Warwickshire” in 2004.