Business Fellows to drive closer links between industry and academic research

29 November 2018

Keith Bevis from the University of Hertfordshire has been named in the first group of business fellows, tasked with building closer ties between the UK's leading transport related academic departments and the transport industry.

The ‘Business Fellow Network for Intelligent Mobility’ is a network of experts funded by the TSC and based in academic institutions with strong records in transport research and innovation. The aim is to bring outputs closer to commercialisation and enable academics to increase their industry engagement, entrepreneurship and research impact to support universities to achieve their Knowledge Exchange Framework targets.

Business Fellows will identify high quality research at partner universities aligned with the TSC’s focus areas (including Connected and Automated Transport, Open Data and New Mobility Services). They will also help to help understand how the universities engage with industry, government and wider transport innovation ecosystem and establish their current regional, national and international impact.

Fellows have joined from a number of academic institutes including , University of Hertfordshire, University of Lancaster, Cranfield University, University of Leeds, University of Nottingham, University of Surrey, Newcastle University, University of Liverpool, University of Northampton, University of Kent and Manchester Metropolitan University. All the Universities involved are involved in researching and developing cutting edge transport solutions.

Head of Academic Engagement Beata Szoboszlai said:

'At the TSC we continuously seek to understand what transport relevant research is taking place within the UK in order to connect the experts who are doing this research with businesses who can utilise their knowledge and skills to create new technologies and develop new products and services. The role of the Business Fellow is to act as the TSC’s intermediary within the host university, feeding back relevant research activities, events, calls and funding successes, on a regular basis.'

'The Business Fellows we have chosen are active in the knowledge exchange arena, they are already working for a UK university, have a strong understanding of the industry and university interface, current research outputs and track record of successful Central Research and Development and/or enterprise.'


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