Government research funders visit Bath

A delegation from the Government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) visited Bath last week for a full day’s briefing led by Professor Jane Millar, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research).

The visit allowed BIS to hear Bath’s insights on research strategy, its engagement with business and broader innovation activities.

A delegation from the Government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) visited Bath last week.

A delegation from the Government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) visited Bath last week.

The BIS delegation was headed by Dr Carolyn Reeve, Head of Policy for University Research and Knowledge Exchange, along with three of her senior policy advisors from the Research Funding Unit - Sam White for University  Research and Knowledge Exchange, David Snell for the STFC & Large Facilities Team, and Matt Goodwin for AHRC, MRC & Governance.

Professor Jane Millar said: “This was a valuable exchange of ideas. We have a very compelling story tell about our connections with corporate, SME and start-up businesses and valued this opportunity to discuss our achievements to date and our plans for the future.”

Dr Chris Brace, Deputy Director of the University’s Power Vehicle Research Centre also welcomed the BIS delegation to Bath. He said: “Clearly BIS values Bath’s enterprise agenda and we hope that the success of our current activities will help to shape future policy in this important area.”

The BIS delegation met with Professor Jane Millar and Dr Chris Brace, along with Dr James Bilzon, Professors Julian Chaudhuri, Tim Ibell and Rod Scott, and members of the Research Development & Support Office team including Dr Miles Davis, Dr Jon Hunt, David Allen, David Cockayne, Clive Bailey and Simon Bond.

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