Directorate of Research, Innovation & Engagement
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Dr Mark Bacon
|Title:||Director of Research, Innovation and Engagement|
|Location:||Innovation Centre 2, Keele University
Dr Bacon joined Keele University in February 2015, and is Director of Research, Innovation and Engagement. The role forms part of the University’s Senior Executive Team.
The Directorate of Research, Innovation and Engagement provides professional services and leadership to support University research and innovation activities, Keele University Science & Innovation Park, our Public Arts programme and the University’s external engagement with business, employers, community organisations, the NHS, civic institutions, our alumni and our wider supporters.
Over the last 15 years Mark has developed a number of successful models for university-business engagement regionally, nationally and internationally. These have included large-scale economic regional regeneration programmes, capital investment for collaborative research, SME-led postgraduate research programmes, corporate research and training partnerships and most recently, a major programme of SME-led research collaboration in China.
Before coming to Keele, Mark held the role of Director of Business Partnerships & Enterprise in Science and Technology at Lancaster University. During this time he was a board director for a company commercialising university intellectual property and a not-for-profit organisation championing energy and environmental technology sector development. Mark formed part of the team winning a Queen's Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education in 2010 for the global impact of agricultural research and the 2015 Research Council's UK PraxisUnico Outstanding Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation Award for a University-SME collaborative research centre.