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Internal KE Initiative of the Year Winner: University of York Enterprise Fellowship Programme

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The University of York Enterprise Fellowship Programme is an internal collaborative initiative that provides time and support for researchers from all disciplines to develop their ideas, enhance commercial awareness and develop skills for enterprise and external engagement. The Fellowships are a strategic investment in research-talent and a commitment to developing the Knowledge Exchange (KE) and impact capabilities of exceptional researchers. The emphasis on external engagement is transforming the way researchers think, design and conduct research. In just 12 months, the levels of engagement in KE training have doubled and there is a palpable appetite to develop external relationships and get world-leading ideas out into wider society.

“Only by equipping our researchers with the best possible training and support can we maximise the opportunities for successful external engagement, KE and, ultimately, impact. We intend to build on the early success of the Enterprise Fellowship programme to cement a culture in which external engagement, enterprise and world class research are synonymous.” Dr David McBeth, Director of Research and Enterprise

The two 2018 Fellows have formed partnerships with key stakeholders in their respective supply chains and are close to spinning-out their ideas. The four 2019 Enterprise Fellows are exploring how to:

  • accelerate the diagnosis of health conditions, such as cancer, through a finger-print enabled spectroscopy - Yvette Hancock, Physics

  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions through field-based data capture technology - James Stockdale, Environment

  • diagnose early stage Alzheimer’s Disease through a 7-minute tablet-based psychological test - Tom Hartley, Psychology

  • increase the amount of recyclable plastic by identifying through computer modelling how problem additives can be extracted from plastic - James Comerford, Chemistry

The EF programme is a commitment to providing researchers with an environment in which these big societal questions can be explored, and the careers of talented researchers accelerated.

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