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Knowledge Transfer & Enterprise Champions
The impact of our research is of great importance at UCL;
the strength of the university, in part, lies in the excellent work that
academics throughout the institution are doing in transferring their research
to the wider community. Often, however, this work can go unnoticed.
One of the key ideas behind our Knowledge Transfer & Enterprise Champions scheme is to promote Knowledge Transfer within UCL and make it easier for academics to receive recognition for their work. Another aim is to create inter-departmental links throughout the university: there are seven champions, each from a different faculty. In this way we hope to encourage further collaborative work in this area across the university and share best practice.
Dr David Chapman is Vice-Dean (Enterprise) for Engineering, and Deputy Head of Management Science & Innovation. He will be KT Champion for Open Innovation, and in his year as champion aims to build upon existing OI partnerships to showcase practical techniques that could be more widely adopted to maximize the impact of collaborative behaviours in the context of other strategic UCL partnerships.
Professor Jawwad Darr is a professor of materials Chemistry. He was a MAPS faculty KT Champion in 2011, and will this year build upon the work he began in last year’s scheme. He aims to help staff to collaborate with industry more successfully, through training schemes and networking events as well as supporting the establishment of industry advisory panels across UCL. Working with academics, he will help them to publicise their expertise more successfully and maximize emerging commercial opportunities via the internet and other media. He will also set up a social enterprise to develop low cost biomedical ceramics.
Dr Andrew Edkins is Vice-Dean (Enterprise) for The Bartlett. He has an academic background in economics, and many years experience in industry, working in a project management role and delivering in-house training for several companies. He was a KT Champion in 2011 and will this year build upon the work he began in last year’s scheme. He aims to raise the profile of both UCL and the Bartlett as a brand through creation of a new website and other publicity materials, as well as developing further CPD and executive education courses for both internal and external colleagues. In order to do this, he will carry out a competitor analysis and use this information direct the creation of CPD resources at UCL.
Dr David Shipworth (left) is Reader in Energy and the Built Environment, and Dr Tristan Smith (right) is lecturer in Energy and Transport at the UCL Energy Institute. During their year as KT Champions, they aim to unify the current range of knowledge transfer, enterprise and impact activities (KTEI) that exist in the UCL Energy Institute, and foster a KTEI community within the institute through open-access notes and events. They will also build upon partnerships with other institutions, and create an energy networking hub to disseminate research and facilitate collaboration both internally and externally.
Dr Stephen Edwards is an Earth Scientist and a Senior Research Associate in the Aon Benfield UCL Hazard Centre of the UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction. During his year as a KT Champion he aims to increase the relevance and impact of knowledge and research in the natural and environmental sciences at UCL by building appropriate links and partnerships with international humanitarian and development agencies (IHDAs). In achieving this aim, Dr Edwards will spend time working with IHDAs, in order to understand their needs and expectations, and will run a series of small workshops and focused meetings to facilitate knowledge exchange and partnership building, promote examples of best practice, and train colleagues to be aware of the needs and expectations of IHDAs that they may be collaborating with. During 2012 Dr Edwards will continue to promote relevant work undertaken at UCL to the wider academic and IHDA communities.
Dr Joana Geraldi is a lecturer of project management in the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, where Professor Peter Morris is Head of Department.
They are developing the Built Environment Leadership in 2050 programme, which aims to address the challenges that will be faced in the future, such as climate change and a growing population, by encouraging industry to think and act ethically, across disciplines and long-term.
This course will be developed in collaboration with private, government and not-for-profit sectors, and will be delivered to both UCL staff and external colleagues.
Dr Joana Geraldi
Dr Michael Stewart will be KT Champion for social enterprise. During his year as a champion, he aims to commercialise his MyStreet film project and its complementary DocinaDay volunteer programme. He will build on existing partnerships with TfL and KMI, and facilitate new links with the BBC to increase awareness of the projects.
Ulrich Tiedau is a Senior Lecturer at UCL Dutch and an Associate Director of the Centre for Digital Humanities. During his year as champion, he aims to build upon UCL’s existing Open Access policies and improve availability and engagement with Open Educational Resources. He will encourage collaboration on a departmental and institutional level, and disseminating OER materials to existing journals, as well as via mobile and tablet markets.
Dr Melissa Terras is the Reader in Electronic Communication in the Department of Information Studies, and Deputy Director of the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities. During her year as champion, she will establish a London chapter of 4Humanities, a platform and resource for advocacy of the humanities, which she has co-founded. This resource aims to provide a stockpile of tools, collaboration methods and other material relevant to the humanities. She will also build upon existing KT relationships, focusing particularly on digital publishing and media.
Dr Dominic Perring is Principal Research Fellow at the UCL institute of Archaeology and Director of the Centre for applied Archaeology. His research interests include the origins and nature of urban society and cultural resource mangement. His activities as a Knowledge Transfer Champion will be centred around his interest in developing heritage services through consultancy, particularly in China.
Professor Vincent Walsh is actively promoting public engagement through public lectures and talks, and also provides training for various new user groups in brain stimulation. During his year as KT Champion, he aims to increase engagement and collaboration with industry, providing workshops to highlight UCL’s particular areas of expertise. He will also focus on raising awareness of neurotechnologies, and providing various sectors with area-specific neuroscience training, such as the treatment of depression for psychiatrists, and his tailored meetings on Law and the Brain.
Professor Steve Humphries is currently the British Heart Foundation Professor of Cardiovascular Genetics at the UCL Medical School. During his year as KT Champion, he will build on existing links with the British Heart Foundation to develop a database of existing projects, and expand current links with Tepnel and Randox. He will also work to develop CPD courses and workshops for Nurses and GPs to teach genetic testing methods for various diseases.
Julie Daniels is Professor of Regenerative Medicine and Cellular Therapy at the Institute of Ophthalmology, and Director of the Cells for Sight Stem Cell Research Unit at Moorfields Eye Hospital. During her year as KT Champion, she will hold several workshops with colleagues to; showcase our activities to industry, provide education in the KT area including the importance of impact, and facilitate collaboration with industry using cellular therapy as an exemplar.
Dr Jim Roberts is a full-time consultant anaesthetist working at the Royal National Throat, Nose & Ear Hosptial and UCLH. During his year as KT Champion, he aims to change the perception of innovation within the institution and industry. 13 years of experience in clinical innovation has led him to believe that users of clinical devices should not be passive consumers of products but rather be empowered to lead the way in product development in partnership with industry.
He also wants to support the idea that innovation and product development has intrinsic value, much like the literature in academia, without the need for commercial exploitation, enabling the sharing of knowledge. He will also work with industry to create a business model to bridge the gulf that often exists between what's perceived as a clinical success and what's perceived as a commercial success. Lastly, by auditing clinical need he hopes to tailor innovation to clinical priority.
Professor Philip Beales is based at the Institute of Child Health, where he is Professor of Medical and Molecular Genetics and a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Science. Philip is also a consultant in clinical genetics at Great Ormond Street Hospital and Guy's Hospital.
He is a co-founder and director of GOSgene, which provides a comprehensive gene identification service to clinicians and their patients with undiagnosed disorders. His work as a Knowledge Transfer and Enterprise champion will focus on developing collaborations with the pharmaceutical industry to investigate the causes of rare diseases and the application of personalised medicine in children.
Dr Andrea Townsend-Nicholson is Senior Lecturer at the UCL Department for Structural and Molecular Biology. Her research focuses on enhancing our understanding of the molecular basis of health and disease and, in particular, on elucidating the role of cell surface receptors in these processes.
Andrea is the Head of Teaching for Molecular Biosciences, which is responsible for UCL's undergraduate degree programmes in Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Molecular Biology and for the intercalated BSc in The Molecular Basis of Health and Disease. Her teaching interests extend to the development and use of novel technology and assessment methodologies to enhance student learning, and her year as Knowledge Transfer and Enterprise champion will be focused on the wider application and commercial exploitation of UCL's e-learning resources.
Professor David Abraham is Head of the Research Department of Inflammation and Director of the Centre for Rheumatology and Connective Tissue Diseases in the UCL Division of Medicine. His laboratory's research focuses on understanding basic disease mechanisms in connective tissue disease and fibrosis.
His work as a Knowledge Transfer and Enterprise champion will focus on increasing engagement, early partnership and collaboration with the commercial sectors in the research areas of chronic inflammation, tissue repair, scarring and fibrosis.