The top priority for Innovation, Impact and Business (IIB) is to help Colleges increase impact and diversify income. Each College and Institute has an IIB Business Partner to advise on its ambitions and develop implementation plans with senior staff members.
We believe that the best way to deliver College plans is through a cross-college thematic approach and teams have been established in the following areas:
- Manufacturing, Materials, infrastructure, energy.
- Environment, Sustainability, Food security.
- Healthcare and Biotech.
- Government and Society.
Initially targeted areas include: mining and minerals, water, cultural protection, language translation, defence and security, digital and creative industry, food security, clinical trials, medical devices, legal and policy developments, data analytics and many more.
The thematic teams will build broad engagement and market development with organisations in their themes and create networks of contacts. They will also support specific projects between the University and industry.
This approach aims to:
- Accelerate industrial engagement in each thematic field by developing the brand of the University as a Centre of Excellence.
- Build a community of industrial and governmental clients.
- Improve pathways to impact and income generation.
The thematic approach enables teams to connect academics more effectively to the right businesses and identify multidisciplinary, cross-college opportunities. We also have a group of around 60 External Associates who can add very specific expertise where it is needed. We can also cluster academics to provide multi-disciplinary solutions for business and identify stimulating research questions.