Esther Knight

Honorary (Visiting) Research Fellow

Justice, Security and Sustainability

I have over 20 years experience working with EU and UK external funding in the North West and West Midlands. Most recently I ran the region wide EU Connects service, with the aim of increasing the quantity and quality of EU funding bids going forward from the region.

I have recently completed a Master's Degree in Coaching and Mentoring Practice.

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Economics
  • CPD Certificate in Performance Coaching, level 7
  • MA Coaching and Mentoring Practice, Merit
  • ILM Coaching and Mentoring (on-going)


  • EU Funding, UK regeneration funding, project development and delivery
  • One to one coaching to achieve personal change

Research interests

  • Managing individual and organisational change
  • EU policy, external funding, project management
  • Public policy, public finance and taxation
in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021