September 20, 2018

YERUN Staff Week on Business Engagement at Brunel University London

Brunel University London

Brunel University London invited YERUN members to the Staff Training Week on Business Engagement in London, on 3-4 September 2018.

Relationships with business and other large organisations such as Hospitals and charities are becoming ever more important for Universities. Whether it is the role they play in advising on future curricula; their role in assuring employability for our graduates or in putting to our collaborative research it is clear that Universities need to understand how best to partner with external organizations and how to develop mutually beneficial relationships.

If you could not attend the Staff Week, don’t worry! You can check the wonderful presentations from our speakers in this post.

YERUN Universities are particularly well placed to benefit from the development of industrial and other external links. However there are clear differences between academia and external organisations ranging from their fundamental mission to the speed of response required to develop effective solutions to their needs. How best can Universities work with such organizations and how should such work be led within the Institution?

Monday 3rd September




Moderator of the YERUN Staff Week –> Andrew Kershaw, Director of Business Engagement Strategy & Policy, Brunel University London






Keynote: The importance of SMEs in the West London Economy

Andrew Dakers, Chief Executive, West London Business






Co-Innovate an ERDF Programme supporting SME’s

Paul Davies, Operation Manger, Co-Innovate






Working with SMEs and Social Enterprise Organisations

Catherine Wang, Professor of Entrepreneurship & Strategy, Brunel Business School







Impacting Business by Design – How Universities can help SMEs bring innovative design to their business

Professor Rob Holdway, Innovation Director, Co-Innovate








Keynote: The Future of Entrepreneurship – Central Research Laboratory

Mat Hunter, Managing Director, Central Research Laboratory






Jasmine Meysman, Enterprise Coach, University of Antwerp







Bridging the Gap

Andy Cripps, Entrepreneur Director, Brunel University London




Tuesday 4th September



The Impact of Universities R&D on National and Local Economies

Professor Geoff Rodgers, Vice-Provost Research, Brunel University London






Maximising Impact of Business Engagement

Dr Tim Engels, Head of Department of Research Affairs & Innovation, University of Antwerp







The UM Brightlands Campuses: Creating an innovative triple-helix ecosystem.

Karin Dijkman, Strategy & Policy Advisor, Maastricht University





Exploring Researchers Engagement with Open Access Through International Collaboration (Video recording)

Dr Christopher Daley, Research Support Officer, Brunel University London

David Walters, Open Access Officer, Brunel University London






Enabling Innovation: Research to Application

Vanessa Cuthill, Director, Research and Enterprise Office, University of Essex







Projects and Best Practice for the Development of Funded Collaborative Research projects with Business Partners, Universities and Civil Society

Dr Michael Peolsson, Chief Strategic Officer, Strategic Collaborations Office, Linköping University







For more details, see the programme: YERUN Staff Week Business Engagement Brunel

YERUN Staff Week on Business Engagement at Brunel University London


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