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Internal News - 18 June 2008

New support arrangements for research and enterprise from 1 August

Further to the announcement of proposed management structure changes in February 2008, Bath Ventures and the Research Development and Support Office will be launched on 1 August 2008. These new entities arise from the review of the functions of the Department of Research and Innovation Services.

Bath Ventures (BV) will be responsible for maximising the return on the University’s intellectual assets with IP licensing, spin out companies and consultancy. The University is very pleased to announce that the role of Director of Bath Ventures will be filled by Dr Malcolm Cross. Three teams will operate within Bath Ventures:

Research Development and Support Office (RDSO) will be responsible for advancing the University’s international reputation for research by growing externally funded research, improving grant application success rates and enhancing strategic and operational support to academic departments. The Director of Research Development and Support is currently being advertised. Professor Kevin Edge will be the acting Director until a permanent appointment is made.

Three teams will operate within the RDSO:

Both units will be supported by Paula McGrane Research Communications and Events Officer in the Department of Corporate Communications.

The Legal Services Team, headed by Kerena Green, will work alongside Bath Ventures under the auspices of the Director of Finance.

Key contacts:

Director of Bath Ventures: Dr Malcolm Cross

Director of Innovation and Networking: Simon Bond

Head of Legal Services: Kerena Green

PA to the Director of Bath Ventures and Head of Legal Services: Julie Chambers

Acting Director of Research Development and Support: Professor Kevin Edge

PA to the Director of Research Development and Support: Sylvia Moore

Head of Research Development and Collaborations: Dr Jon Hunt

Head of Research Support and Funding: Hazel Wallis

Head of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships: David Cockayne