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What the Exeter Innovation division does

What the EI division does

Service areas within Exeter Innovation

Exeter Innovation (EI) leads the delivery of the Business Engagement and Innovation Strategy, has oversight of the Knowledge Exchange Framework, Regional Skills Strategy and Civic University Agreements. It is responsible for supporting impact, and delivery of the BEI income targets for collaborative and contract research, consultancy, innovation and commercial education.

EI faces the University’s Faculties and Departments, working in partnership with Faculty APVCs for BEI, Directors of BEI and the DFOs to deliver the BEI Strategy, supporting business engagement and innovation and growing the Knowledge Exchange culture in Faculties.

EI works across the RD&I and skills landscape by: driving impact – supporting academics to develop impact; connecting partners - helping build links with potential partners locally, nationally and globally; creating opportunities - helping to structure relationships and create opportunities for collaboration using national and regional funding; and generating value – supporting income generation such as IP licensing, spin-outs, consultancy, facilities access, training services and entrepreneurship across the University.

Exeter Innovation Service Delivery Model

Faculty and Department structures access EI via the Faculty level EI Hubs. The EI Sector Heads are the primary link for the Faculties. These roles are predominantly externally focused, developing partnerships and managing a team of sector specialists that support academics to identify, develop and generate value from external partnerships. Through the Faculty facing EI Hubs, the Sector Heads bring together a team of KE professionals (link to Themes Structure Page) that support the delivery of BEI services.

The Heads of Sector are the first point of contact for Faculty PVCs and the APVC Business Engagement and Innovation. Each Department has a named Exeter Innovation lead.

These teams cover both the Exeter and Cornwall campuses. In Cornwall there is a Head of Exeter Innovation Cornwall, Dr Kara Bogus.

EI Teams where academics can contact named individuals aligned to Faculty (link to themes structures/full staff list)

Aligned services (i.e. those services which will have a named individual aligned to the Faculty) include:

A team of sector specialists support partnership development and knowledge exchange, provide account management of strategic and corporate partnerships, secure collaborative research and innovation funding, to deliver collaborative research programmes and projects with external partners.This activity has a regional, national and international scope.

Faculties may have have a team of programme and project staff (externally funded and employed to deliver funded programmes and projects for Faculties).

The Hub brings together staff that support Faculties to develop new DAs identify business opportunities and sell DAs and related services.

HLS and the Business School have staff that support the development and delivery of CPD and Executive Education programmes.

The team provides access to student entrepreneurship and venturing support through a student start up incubator.

The team provides support with contract research and consultancy projects and liaises with Legal Services.

Support for academics with IP, licensing and spin-outs, from proof of concept funding to raising investment.

EI Teams provide a range services across Faculties and Departments, where academics can contact the teams directly.

The KTP managers support the development of projects, lead the development of funding applications and support in the delivery of ongoing KTP projects.

Support for the development of Industrial Student projects including Faculty liaison, finance, contracting and student recruitment.

Access to the Impact Accelerator Accounts, the Policy SupportFund, the Open Innovation Fund, and other Translational Funds available to all Faculties and Departments.

Development and management of the Civic University Agreements, regional representation with local government and business support organisations, LEPs and supporting regional policy.

Provides support for start-ups and scale ups that work with University to develop R&D and innovation linkages. The team provides business acceleration services and support for founders of University Spin outs and Student Start Up services as well as access to investor funds, Entrepreneurs in Residence and mentors.