What Innovation, Impact and Business does

The Innovation, Impact and Business (IIB) team works across the research and education landscape. We are experts in:

  • Driving impact - We help with Impact case study development
  • Connecting partners - We help you build links with potential partners locally, nationally and globally
  • Creating opportunities - We help you structure relationships and create opportunities for collaboration using national and regional funding
  • Generating value - We help with income generation; such as IP exploitation, spin-outs, consultancy, facilities access, training services and entrepreneurship across the University

IIB teams

Innovation, Impact and Business staff are divided into three teams:

Impact and Partnership Development

Led by Sean Fielding, this team supports the promotion and funding of impact and engagement. The team works in interdisciplinary, thematic groups addressing College priorities for project development and/or income generation, leading to outcomes which can be captured for future Impact Case Studies.

Regional Impact and Innovation

Led by Chris Evans, this team supports bidding for funds from regional sources; manages innovation support services such as the Science Park, and provides an access point for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Exeter and Cornwall. They also provide regional stakeholder management and policy development to maximise the University’s reputation in the region.

Within the Regional Impact and Innovation team is the Marchmont Employment and Skills Observatory, which aims to improve evidence-based practice and policy in the field of employment and skills.

Commercial and Business Programmes

Led by Dr Neil Hayes, this team supports the organisation and delivery of projects relating to Intellectual Property (IP) exploitation, consultancy, commercial tenders and funder programmes such as Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs). They also keep track of investments in projects, proof of concept, commercial projects, licences and shareholdings.