Innovation Hub Director aims to develop research-industry partnerships

Posted by rmt22 at Sep 11, 2017 09:20 AM |
Dr Stephan Reiff-Marganiec from the Department of Informatics has been appointed the Director of our Innovation Hub and talked to us about his vision.

The Leicester Innovation Hub is a £5.1 million dedicated creative incubation and innovation space in the heart of the city, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and will provide an easy to find ‘front door’ to the University’s innovation support, expertise and facilities.

The Hub is intended to be the first point of contact for any business looking to work with the University and presents a fantastic opportunity for researchers looking to further develop the impact of their work.

Supporting research impact

As academic lead for the Hub, Stephan’s role is to ensure that we can gain the best academic return from these partnership. He notes that as researchers are increasingly measured by ‘impact’ this provides a great opportunity to support them, saying: “Building relationships with industry takes a long time, and it can take a long time to see the benefits of those partnerships. The Innovation Hub will help us to develop and showcase those partnerships on a regular basis.”

The Hub will be located on Regent Road and Stephan notes that the location is key to encouraging people in. “We’re set between the city and the University and are offering a clear front door to the University for business and industry. It’s a great linking point.”

Those links go even further though, as the work of the Hub links not only to our institutional priorities, but also to number of other vital projects, as Stephan explains: “We’re located alongside the Institute for Advanced Studies, so our work developing innovative research and partnerships can benefit each other. But it goes further than that, this links into the work of Space Park Leicester, the Charnwood Life Sciences Park and MIRA. We will be a bustling hive of activity around enterprise, all centred around this one location.”

Get involved in the work of the Innovation Hub

Stephan concludes by making a call to colleagues to get involved in the work of the Innovation Hub. “This is a great opportunity but will only work if everyone participates. Take a look at the Innovation Hub and see what it can do for you. Engage with our events, and opportunities to work with companies.

“There’s a huge time investment and an element of risk in trying new things, or attempting to engage with industry, but the Innovation Hub is there to help you take those first steps. This is about realising our aim to be seen as one of the top research-intensive universities.”

The Innovation Hub webpages will be launched soon, but in the meantime please contact Stephan on srm13@leicester.ac.uk to ask any questions and find out how the Innovation Hub can help you.

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