Gurpreet Jagpal

Pro Vice Chancellor Business and Entrepreneurship – University of Suffolk


Gurpreet is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Business and Entrepreneurship at the University of Suffolk. He has responsibility for Suffolk Business School, driving business engagement across the institution and region, and leading the development of enterprise and entrepreneurship.

An inspirational, transformational and visionary Director, with nearly two decades of experience, spanning a number of higher education institutions, Gurpreet has successfully established, executed and fostered the growth of a number of enterprise and business outreach centres, strengthening their links with local industry. In roles predominantly focussing on business engagement, innovation and entrepreneurship, his passion is blurring boundaries between education and business, exploring ways that they can come together to ensure the needs of business are being met and graduates are equipped with the skills and knowledge to make a positive impact on society.

Gurpreet joined the University of Suffolk from UWE Bristol. Prior to this, Gurpreet was Director of Research, Enterprise and Innovation at London South Bank University (LSBU) and CEO of South Bank University Enterprises Ltd (SBUEL). In a relatively short period of time (approximately 18 months), he established an award-winning research and enterprise centre at SBUEL, ranked second in the UK, fourth in Europe and fifteenth globally, for innovative business development. And under his leadership LSBU successfully secured the crown as The Times Higher Award for Entrepreneurial University of the Year, recognising the outstanding entrepreneurial support offered to students, graduates, staff and the local community.

His expertise spans the areas of research support; knowledge transfer; enterprise skills; entrepreneurship; innovation; life coaching; management consulting; mentoring; project management; commercial property and business development.