PraxisAuril Regional Network Meeting - Scotland - 3 December 2018

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The next PraxisAuril regional network meeting will be hosted by The University of Strathclyde on Monday 3 December 2018, 13:30 – 16:00 at The Scottish Universities Insight Institute, Collins Building, 22 Richmond Street, Glasgow, G1 1XQ

This meeting is free of charge for PraxisAuril members and will feature two speakers: Linda Wallace, UWS, University Innovation Fund Collaboration Manager and Bob Martin, Innovate UK, Manager for Scotland.

Places are limited, sign up now to avoid disappointment!


1.30- 2.00 Registration and tea / coffee

2.00- 2.10  Welcome – Alasdair Cameron, PraxisAuril

2.10 – 2.45 Linda Wallace, University Innovation Fund Collaboration Manager

Title:  UIF – Scottish HEI Sector’s New Outcome-based Collaborative Approach to Supporting Innovation and Knowledge Exchange

2.45- 3.15  Bob Martin, Innovate UK, Manager for Scotland

Title: UK Industrial Strategy - the  Opportunity for Scotland

3.15 -3.45 Break out discussions on ISCF: working together to maximise the opportunity for Scottish academic institutions and industry partners

3.45 – 4.00 Feedback and wrap up


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Please note:


As long as your organisation is a member of PraxisAuril, then all staff members automatically become members too.
If you are unsure if your organisation is a member you can check here or email and we can let you know.

3rd December


Meet the Speakers/Trainers

Linda Wallace

University Innovation Fund Collaboration Manager, Scottish Funding Council
The University Innovation Fund (UIF) aims to incentivise universities in Scotland to work collaboratively to design and adopt innovative new approaches to exploiting the research base for economic and societal benefit: in my role as the UIF Collaboration Manager (funded by the Scottish Funding Council), I am facilitating partnership working both within/across the HEI sector (e.g. the Universities Scotland Research & Commercialisation Directors Group (RCDG)) and across sectors and innovation support partners (such as the Enterprise Agencies, Scottish Government, Interface, Innovation Centres and Industry Leadership Groups etc.). We aim to create more opportunities for collaboration and coordination of our efforts to deliver shared outcomes (UIF Outcomes, which aim to increased Knowledge Exchange from Scottish Universities to underpin delivery of the Scottish Government’s economic strategy. Hosted by University of the West of Scotland, I provide leadership, guidance and support across all 19 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Scotland to achieve delivery of the collaborative elements of the University Innovation Fund: 12 key activities clustered into 4 areas aligned to the Scottish Government priorities: Innovation, Investment & Entrepreneurship, Inclusive Growth and Internationalisation. In addition, I am developing a new framework for reporting and evaluating progress in delivering the collaborative UIF activities, their outputs and contribution to achieving the UIF Outcomes

Mr. Robert Martin

Manager for Scotland, Innovate UK
From Aberdeen, Bob had a long career in materials and manufacturing and held a range of senior management positions in private and public companies. Including main board director of Macfarlane Group PLC covering many aspects of; internationalisation, innovation, and investment. He helped lead innovation in materials, product and process design and win business and work in partnership with some of the world’s leading companies, such as 3M, BMW, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble and Unilever. He led successful sales & manufacturing expansions into the US and Asia where he gained considerable experience and dealt with the challenges of setting up and running companies particularly in China. He joined Scottish Development International in 2012 and moved to China to use his experience to promote outward and inward trade & investment across all its key sectors as Head of Greater China. After a period of international consultancy, he returned to Scotland to join Innovate UK in January 2017. Bob is part of the Strategy and Global team at Innovate UK a council within UK Research and Innovation. His role includes responsibilities for:- • Promoting Business Led Innovation for economic and social benefit. • Place based presence and a coherent engagement strategy across the innovation ecosystem • Strengthening relationships and informing colleagues across UKRI/UKG • Understanding, aligning and influencing strategies • Engaging affiliate funders to enhance support for businesses • Connecting Innovate UK family with regional stakeholders • Identifying and assisting collaboration across national & regional hubs
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