The University has carefully chosen a small number of academics to act as business fellows and work closely with colleagues to increase interactions with business. Business Fellows receive targeted training and mentoring and regularly attend industry events.
The business fellows are:
A business fellow acts as a facilitator for industry-related activities within their department/school and faculty by helping to identify and promote business opportunities and by supporting industrial interactions. The duties of a business fellow include:
Business fellows are trained to map the technologies of their peers and act as the main contact for industrialists keen to work with their technologies. The technology map contains information on expertise, research interests and technologies and materials developed. This information will then be used to identify appropriate industrial partners, whose needs match what the university has to offer.
The primary function of a business fellow is to help their colleagues increase the number and quality of their interactions with industry. Business fellows will ensure that their faculty’s research is profiled at external events, attended by industry, act to showcase capacity and start new discussions between business and academia.
A business fellow is an informal but active link between their peers and RED, the university’s business support office whose role is unchanged and whose staff will continue to support academics through the process.