Member News

In Memoriam: Dr Allyson Reed

The PraxisUnico community was saddened to hear the news of the sudden death of Dr Allyson Reed, who passed away on Monday 19 January.

Allyson worked most recently at the University of Warwick as Director of Corporate Relations and had been a valued friend of PraxisUnico for many years, especially during her time at the Technology Strategy Board. Allyson was a great supporter of research commercialisation and a committed advocate of the Impact Awards, having been involved from their inauguration in 2009. 

UMIP: Researchers' Guides

These Guides were originally commissioned and created by Mr Clive Rowland, CEO, The University of Manchester Intellectual Property Limited (UMIP) and Ms Janet Knowles, Partner, Eversheds LLP. These Guides are intended to act as a researcher’s reference to help with key issues relating to Intellectual Property (IP) and its commercialisation. UMIP is happy for this resource to be shared for the benefit of those working to commercialise academic research.

Event Report: Intellectual property management workshop - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The workshop, delivered at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals was interactive and included a mix of elements to enhance and reinforce the learning experience (lecture, discussion and group work - case study).  Questions and discussions were lively and the course director enjoyed the opportunity to work with an enthusiastic and interested group of delegates.

University of Cambridge & Addenbrooke's Hospital - Taking control of medical imaging

A new controller device that greatly improves the ease of use of 3D medical imaging workstations has been developed at the University of Cambridge and Addenbrooke's Hospital.

The device will be presented at RSNA2010, the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, to be held later this month in Chicago. Additionally, a short film describing the controller will be available on the University's YouTube site,, from Thursday, 4 November.

CBI: Business-University collaboration for research and innovation

This guide is based on the results of a year-long project conducted by the CBI's Inter-Company Academic Relations Group (ICARG). The guide sets out some general principles, best practice tips and details of specific schemes and initiatives that other members may find useful. The guide is not meant to be exhaustive, but it focuses on areas that ICARG members themselves have found to be of greatest value, supported by commentary, quotes and useful web links. We welcome comments from CBI Members, both on the contents of this guide and on other aspects of issues involved.

HEFCE: Welcomes revised timetable for REF

9 July 2010, HEFCE welcomes today's announcement by David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science, which confirms the timetable for the Research Excellence Framework (REF). The assessment phase of the REF will take place during 2014 to inform funding from 2015-16. The REF is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.

This will provide the UK higher education funding bodies, working with the sector, sufficient time to develop a robust method for assessing the impact of research, as part of the REF.

HEFCE: Higher Education – Business and Community Interaction (HE-BCI) survey published

The report shows an encouraging picture of activity during the economic downturn with UK HEIs providing nearly £3 Billion in services to business and the community.UK HEIs are provided with two copies of the ‘Resources’ CD-ROM.

To view the report, click here

Cutting edge technologies get design to speed up route to market

A wearable radar-on-a-chip tracking device with many safety applications, solar-powered equipment to generate clean water and electricity, and a self-sterilising catheter are among a raft of innovations expected to emerge from a new initiative using designers to help speed up the commercialisation of new technologies from some of the UK’s leading universities.