Dr Jon Hunt appointed to AURIL Council

Dr Jon Hunt, Head of Research Development and Collaborations for the University, has been appointed to the AURIL Council for the period from January 2013 to December 2014.

AURIL is the professional association representing all practitioners involved in knowledge creation, development and exchange in the UK and Ireland, who work to ensure that new ideas, technologies and innovations flow from their institution into the market place. It is the largest knowledge transfer association in Europe, with more than 1600 members from universities, NHS Trusts and public sector research establishments.

The Council is the governing body of AURIL, and elected Council Members serve for two years.

Dr Hunt brings over 12 years of experience in research management to the Council, following his work in the University's Research Development & Support Office (RDSO) and previously with the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), a business analyst company and the Royal Society.

Since 2005, Dr Hunt has supported the University’s research and innovation strategies by working closely with the Director of the Research Office, Deans, Heads of Departments, and academics in order to increase growth in research volume at the University. He was the Director of the University's £3.4m EPSRC Knowledge Transfer Account and will lead the newly announced EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account over the next three years.

Dr Hunt said: "It is an honour to be chosen to be on the AURIL Council, where I plan to promote the view that Knowledge Exchange is core business for universities and integral to the research process – in contrast with technology transfer which is often viewed as a discrete process following on from research. By aligning the concept of Knowledge Exchange with university-industry collaborative research as a mechanism for delivering Impact, AURIL can play a role in mainstreaming the activity.

"I look forward to being personally involved in shaping the future of the organisation."

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