Meet the team
Contact us so we can discuss how we can work together.
Innovation, business and partnership team
Dr Sue Baxter
Director of Innovation and Business Partnerships
Dr Sue Baxter leads on supporting research-based innovation across the University, implementing the new Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) and all activities across the University attributed to the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF).
Telephone: +44 (0)1273 872887
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Deputy Head of Business Engagement
Kate helps build links that support collaborative research and knowledge exchange. Contact Kate for business, research funding, PhD studentship or Knowledge Partnership enquiries.
Co-manager of the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA)
Nora Davies co-manages the ESRC Impact Accerleration Account (IAA) at Sussex with Megan McMichael. The IAA connects social science researchers with organisations to address 'real-world' issues. Contact Nora to discuss the IAA.
Dr Lorna Hards
ESRC IAA Project Manager
Dr Lorna Hards manages the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account, a block grant to build capacity for knowledge exchange and impact at Sussex. The IAA offers support, skills development and funding for researchers to work with partners from all sectors.
Intellectual Property Business Partner
Keith O’Brien manages and develops the University's innovation and intellectual property portfolio and supports the creation of opportunities leading to use and exploitation of research by external organisations, such as by licensing and spin-out company formation. Contact Keith if you have an intellectual property, technology transfer or licensing enquiry.
Intellectual Property Coordinator
Anna Saunders administers patent applications to protect the University’s intellectual property and non-disclosure agreements (NDA) to open up opportunities for partnerships in research and commercialisation. Contact Anna if you have an intellectual property or NDA enquiry.
Alex Silvestri manages the development of consultancy contracts at the University between our reseachers and external organisations ranging from the private to public sector. Contact Alex if you have a consultancy enquiry.
Business Boost Coordinator
Mary Harris manages the Business Boost programme, including business engagement grants and consultancy training for doctoral students. Contact Mary if you have a Business Boost enquiry.
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