Directorate of Research, Innovation & Engagement
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Dr Mark Bacon
|Title:||Director of Engagement & Partnerships|
|Location:||Claus Moser Research Building
Dr Bacon became Director of Engagement & Partnerships at Keele University in February 2015. The role forms part of the University’s Senior Executive Team.
The Directorate of Engagement & Partnerships brings together 6 teams: Academic Legal Services, Campaigns & Development, Keele University Science & Innovation Park, Partnership Development, Local Growth and Research Support Services. These teams support the research and educational missions of Schools, Research Institutes & Faculties within the University and enable a wide range of public and private sector organisations to work in partnership with the University.
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.