New Director of RDSO appointed

Jon Hunt has been appointed as the University’s new Director of the Research Development and Support Office (RDSO).

Currently Deputy Director of RDSO and Head of Research Development & Collaborations, Jon will take up his new appointment on 1 May 2014.

The RDSO is responsible for advancing the University's international reputation for research and knowledge transfer by:

  • increasing the volume of externally funded research;
  • improving grant application success rates;
  • enhancing strategic and operational support to academic departments.

It is the primary conduit for industry, business and other funders to access the research expertise and knowledge available at the University.

Speaking of his appointment Jon said: “I’m delighted to be taking on this new challenge as Director.

“My vision for RDSO is to help connect up our partners, funders and other professional services at the University to stimulate a number of large and multi-party collaborations."

Professor Jane Millar, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, said: “We are extremely pleased to have appointed Jon to this key new role.

“RDSO provides an important professional service and has excellent relationships with academic colleagues across the University.  Jon has both deep knowledge of the University and keen insight into the changing context in which we work. I look forward to working with him to continue our research success.”

Jon has supported the University of Bath's research strategies since joining in November 2006 as head of the Research Development and Collaborations team, working closely with the Director of the RDSO, academic deans, heads of departments, and principal investigators to help grow research volume.

In 2012, he was appointed the Deputy Director for RDSO to improve business procedures to ensure they are efficient and effective.

Jon is also Director, Co-Investigator and author of the £1.4m EPSRC funded 'Impact Acceleration Account' (2012-2015), and previously the £3.4m EPSRC funded Knowledge Transfer Account (2009-2012). Both accounts aim to accelerate and increase the social and economic impact of our research.

The Knowledge Transfer Account leveraged £1.6m of new business investment and stimulated £5m of follow-on funding (as of January 2013).

He is also Co-Investigator of a €5m project called Materials for Energy Efficient in Transport (MEET), which runs until 2015.

Jon has developed many professional relationships within the Research Councils, Government departments, businesses and regional groups. He has recently joined the Council of the Association for University Research & Industry Links (AURIL) for two years (2013-2015).

He will succeed Rob Head as Director who leaves after five years in the role.

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