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Event report - Directors’ Forum: Furthering best-practice-derived leadership in the academic-industrial arena’

9 September 2013, Hughes Parry Hall, University of London

Key themes/discussion areas:

  1. Theme One - Learning from HEIF: Seed-funding the HE Innovation Arena Speaker: David Sweeney, Director (Research, Innovation and Skills), HEFCE
  2. Theme Two  -  Effective Technology Transfer in the REF Impact Environment Speaker: Dr James Wilkie, Director, Research and Innovation Services, University of Birmingham
  3. Theme Three - ‘Furthering effective Industry-University interactions’ Speaker: Dr Malcolm Skingle, Director, Academic Liaison, GSK.
  4. Theme Four  - ‘Advancing the universities’ economic-development role‘ Speaker: Mark Holmes, Deputy Director, Innovation Infrastructure & Impact, BIS


Delegates said:

 “It was a very interactive meeting/event.”

 “Good collection of attendees and peers well done for attracting them.”

 “Good opportunity to meet and discuss issues with counterparts. Good therapy and check that I'm barking up the right tree!”

“Well managed and run, good quality presenters and engaged participants.”

 “Well worth the trip.  A long but fruitful day”

The event was well-attended by 65 members and stakeholder from the following institutions and organisations.

Organisations and institutions attending

Babraham Institute Research Research Ltd
BSRC Royal Academy of Engineering
BIS Science & Technology Facilities Council
Cambridge Enterprise St George's University of London
Cancer Research UK The Open University
CBI UK Innovation Forum
City University London University of Birmingham
Design Council University of Bradford
Durham University University of Bristol
EPSRC University of Essex
ESRC University of Exeter
GlaxoSmithKline University of Greenwich
GSK University of Hertfordshire
HEFCE University of Hull
Heriot-Watt University University of Kent
Imperial Consultants University of Liverpool
Imperial Innovations Ltd University of Oxford
Institute of Cancer Research University of Portsmouth
Johnson & Johnson University of Sheffield
King's College London University of South Wales
Kintish Associates University of Southampton
Lancaster University University of the Arts London
Loughborough University University of Warwick
NCUB University of Westminster
Newcastle University Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick
Oxford Brookes University Withers & Rogers LLP
Public Health England  
Queen's University Belfast  


The key findings from the Forum have been circulated to Directors from our member institutions.