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Business Development

Dedicated members of the Research Business and Innovation Directorate aim to ensure that the University provides solutions to specific business and organisational needs.

These solutions can range from training to contract research or consultancy, all tailored from our Academic expertise for business purposes. 

Each Faculty has a dedicated Business Development Manager or Industry Engagement Manager whose remit is to act as a bridge between academia and organisations, managing the development of services to:

  • Develop and deliver expert consultancy services
  • Providing a suite of training courses to develop your staff
  • Support student placements and graduate recruitment when an opportunity arises
  • Initiate 'Research Innovation’ as a service to external organisations and businesses
  • Provide general  business support
  • Facilitate easy access and/or commercialisation of IP to internal and external stakeholders
  • Identify 'Knowledge Exchange' opportunities.


Our dedicated Commercial and Business Development Team will help you to navigate our expertise, by helping you to gain the best possible solution to your business needs.

Head of Commercialisation

Dr Paul Burrows

Arts, Design and Humanities - Business Development Manager

Stuart Hilton

Business and Law - Business Development Managers

Dipa Patel

Kate Watson

Health and Life Sciences - Business Development Manager

Gary Trappitt

Technology - Business Development Manager

Nadia Omar

To find out more about our business services portfolio please visit our business web pages, alternatively contact the relevant person above.


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