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Business Engagement Managers

The Universities of Warwick and Birmingham have announced the appointment of six Business Engagement Managers to work on their research projects under the Birmingham Science City Partnership, which have been funded by the Regional Development Agency, Advantage West Midlands (AWM) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The projects, all part of the Birmingham Science City Research Alliance, a collaboration between the region’s foremost research universities, Warwick and Birmingham, focus on Advanced Materials, Energy Futures and Translational Medicine.

Debbie Girdlestone, who is based at Warwick, and Adrian Jickells, Rubina Mian and Richard Simpson (based at Birmingham), will promote the research programmes throughout the region and provide direct help to businesses, allowing them exclusive access to specialized state-of-the-art scientific equipment and to the university’s research expertise. This direct contact with the Universities and access to groundbreaking equipment will enable companies to take forward the research and translate it into commercial outputs or use it to optimize their manufacturing processes.

Collaborations with business at this level are already proving successful with local companies already benefiting through the Advanced Materials Programme. Director of the Science City Research Alliance for the Universities of Warwick and Birmingham, Professor Pam Thomas said:
“We are very pleased to have our Business Engagement Managers in post. Whilst we have already had some good collaborations and contacts with companies throughout the region we are always looking for new opportunities and working proactively to secure them. The Birmingham Science City Research Alliance has the potential to make a large impact on some business both within the region in particular and also worldwide and we are keen to extend the reach of the work we are undertaking.”

If you are interested in working with the Birmingham Science City Research Alliance within these fields please contact our new Business Engagement Managers on the details below:

Energy Futures Project “Energy Efficiency and Demand Reduction”

energy at warwick dot ac dot uk

Debbie Girdlestone - Translational Medicine 1 “Clinical Research Infrastructure and Trials Platform”

Advanced Materials 2 “Innovative uses for Advanced Materials in the Modern World”

advanced dot materials at warwick dot ac dot uk


Adrian Jickells - Energy Futures Project “Hydrogen Project”

Rubina Mian - Translational Medicine 2 “Experimental Medicine Network of Excellence”

Richard Simpson - Advanced Materials 1 “Creating and Characterising Next Generation Materials”