Research & Innovation Services

University Hosts 2016 Business Dinner

On 29 September the University of Bath hosted its annual Business Dinner. The event at the Roman Baths brought together academics with external partners and stimulated discussion around opportunities for future collaborations.

The Dinner, hosted by Professor Bernie Morley, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, formed part of the University’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations and was attended by over 50 organisations across themes aligned to the University’s research strengths.

A welcome address by Professor Jonathan Knight, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) stressed the value the University places on collaborative research with businesses, charities and public sector bodies, and in particular the ‘real-world’ impact this generates.

Professor Knight continued by highlighting recent work supported by the University’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Impact Acceleration Account (IAA). This has led to diverse products and services, from software that allows companies to better foresee and mitigate supply chain risks; to equipment for intravenous glucose monitoring in Intensive Care Units.

The audience was also addressed by Director of Performance at UK Sport, Dr Simon Timson. He spoke of the important role collaborative research plays in achieving a competitive edge and success. Focus was on the exploits of Team GB athletes at the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games, many of whom have worked with the University.

Professor Knight, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) commented: “Lasting partnerships take time to nurture and develop. The IAA represents a funding mechanism that supports collaborations with industry. This reduces the time it takes for our research to make economic and societal impact.

“The collaborative projects have delivered intriguing scientific results and tangible impact; without these partnerships this impact would not have been achieved.”

Since its inception in 2012, the IAA at the University of Bath has supported over fifty projects, across a variety of research disciplines. For further information on The IAA and Research Impact please contact:

Joe Tennant, Research Impact Manager
Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 3388

IAA Dinner 2016


Dr Simon Timson, Director of Performance at UK Sport, addresses guests at the drinks reception.