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February 2015

Changes in Business Engagement

(29 January 2015)

The New Year has seen various changes in Business Engagement in the Faculty, including the appointments of a new Assistant Associate Dean and Business Engagement Officer.  

Following the appointment of Dr Andrew James as Assistant Associate Dean for Business Engagement and External Relations (AAD-BEER), the Faculty’s Business Engagement team is conducting a scoping exercise to map existing engagement activity across the Faculty. This should provide a better understanding of the scale and scope of Faculty business engagement to ensure the team can provide targeted support where needed. This activity is scheduled from January to Summer 2015.

In addition, Rachel Kenyon joined the team as Business Engagement Officer, to work alongside Business Engagement Manager, Shanta Aphale, and the Business Engagement Support Team, to facilitate the development of interactions between the Faculty of Humanities and the wider-world; managing existing relationships and supporting the development of new partnerships.

One example of this was a Knowledge Exchange workshop, which was held last month for researchers in the School of Arts Language & Cultures (SALC), to raise awareness of KE support and funding opportunities available within the School. A follow up industry day is being planned for later on in the year, to encourage collaborations with external partners.

Discussions are underway with members of Cheshire East Council’s (CEC) Economic Growth and Prosperity Team to explore opportunities for the University and CEC to collaborate, in particular on HS2/Crewe development and ageing. A number of meetings are being planned with Faculty colleagues in Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Aging, Manchester Business School and The School of Environment, Education and Development to progress activity.