Kairen Skelley

Celebrating the University's 'Women of Achievement 2016': Kairen Skelley, Spark, Careers Service.


Kairen Skelley leads the provision of the University-wide business start-up service Spark to our enterprising students and graduates. She was recently recognised as the HE Enterprise Champion 2015 at the National Enterprise Educator Awards.

Kairen has built a highly skilled and dedicated Spark team and extensive network of advisers in the city region. During 2014/15, Spark supported 48 start-ups engaged with 885 students. As part of the University campaign, Kairen developed and delivered the successful InTechnology Enterprise Incubator Programme supported by a significant gift from InTechnology plc in 2014. This resulted in the creation of 75 jobs, housed 50 start-ups, four ‘Year in Enterprise’ students and six Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Visa recipients.

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