Director of Innovation and Enterprise Partnerships appointed

Dr Ceri Williams has been appointed as Director of Innovation and Enterprise Partnerships.

In her new role, Dr Williams will work closely with Research and Innovation Services and be responsible for realising our ambitious aims for the proposed University Innovation and Enterprise Centre (UIEC).

The aim of the UIEC is to accelerate business creation, business growth and innovation in the Leeds City Region and beyond.  It will establish a high quality business-facing gateway to help external partners access and engage with knowledge, research and capabilities at the University.  It will grow the Leeds City Region (LCR) provision for science and technology incubators and increase the impact of graduate enterprise programmes and broader university knowledge exchange functions.

The targeted outputs from the UIEC include global leadership in key technology areas, resulting in £75m of new research and innovation funding and 50 new high-tech businesses, with the aim of generating £1bn new income to the LCR economy.

Alongside the development of the UIEC, we are taking steps to provide a more unified enterprise offering through establishing a University-wide Enterprise Steering Group, expanding the remit of the existing Enterprise Board, which covers student and graduate offering, to include all aspects of University enterprise.

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