Research & Innovation Services

University Business Dinner 2017

 University Business Dinner 2017The University of Bath’s annual business dinner took place on 16 November, bringing together academics and their present and future external research collaborators.

The event, hosted by President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, provided networking opportunities to discuss new technological and scientific breakthroughs and generate new research projects.

Professor Bernie Morley, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, and Professor Jonathan Knight, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), joined her in hosting the event.

Around 100 guests from over 50 businesses and the public sector were in attendance. The evening started with a drinks reception at the Roman Baths, followed by dinner at the Pump Rooms.

Alice Frost, Head of Knowledge Exchange at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), gave a brief speech on meeting the Government’s commercialisation challenges and how the University of Bath was in the forefront of bringing together industry, academia and government to create prosperity and improve quality of life, both in the UK and internationally.

With the recent launch of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) there was particular focus on discussion around automotive technology, sustainable technology, health, and robotics research.

Professor Knight spoke about the Impact Acceleration Account (IAA). The IAA funded by the Research Councils is a key means enabling academics and external organisations to collaborate and generate impact from research.

Professor Knight said at the dinner: “Our IAA money has been invested to strengthen existing, and build new, relationships with industry. It has a relentless focus on the impact and commercial benefit that can be achieved from EPSRC-funded research.“

“Building new knowledge exchange capabilities, both within the University and in the teams of external partner organisations is an essential component of making sure our research is applied to benefit society.”

Dr Jon Hunt, Director of Research and Innovation Services at the University, says:

“The 2017 University Business Dinner caps a remarkable year of achievement for the University of Bath. This includes funding of nearly £40 million for a new world leading research facility in automotive propulsions systems. Our state of the art collaboration, Set Squared, also received funding to build collaborations with fast growing SMEs, connecting research enterprise with our industry partners.”

Further information on the Impact Acceleration Account:

Alice Hovanessian
01225 384583

Photo left to right: Alice Frost, Head of Knowledge Exchange, HEFCE; Dr Jon Hunt, Director of Research and Innovation Services; Claire Cox, Impact Manager, EPSRC; Wera Hobhouse, MP, Bath.