Thank you for your interest. I am delighted that you are considering joining us at the University of Strathclyde in this senior role.
Founded in 1796, Strathclyde is home to many extraordinary people whose innovation and ambition led to discoveries that continue to have impact. From the scientist who developed fingerprinting, through to the innovator responsible for the earliest successful commercial application of wind power, we have a rich and proud history of entrepreneurs. Today we continue to: attract, enable and celebrate extraordinary people; grow our community of innovation leaders and entrepreneurs; and empower our staff, students and alumni to transform their lives and the lives of others through innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.
We have achieved significant success through the realisation of our distinctive ‘triple helix approach’– the coming together of academia, business and industry, and the government and public sector, in common cause – and a determination to make a significant difference for our students, the economy and wider society. At Strathclyde, we are committed to redefining universities’ industrial collaboration to support sustainable economic growth, and to deliver wider societal benefit by fully exploiting the impact of our research and knowledge. The existence of a supportive innovation ecosystem is crucial in guiding and developing technologies on the journey from new research to commercial application. At Strathclyde, this is provided by the expertise within our Departments, Schools and Faculties, and crucially through our industry facing Centres which work collaboratively with industrial partners.
The Director of Innovation and Industry Engagement will be responsible for leading relevant professional services in delivering key strategic areas for the University, working with colleagues across the university and with external organisations. The areas of focus will include:
- the institution-wide entrepreneurship strategy, Strathclyde Inspire
- the next phase of Technology and Innovation Zone within the wider Glasgow City Innovation District serving as an SRO and the project sponsor for the TIC Zone development
- supporting new and existing industrial collaborations, looking at SMEs and corporate partners, focused on improving the customer journey for new relationships.
The post holder will provide strategic leadership for these initiatives and increase external visibility of achievements working with public and private sector.
I hope that you will be excited by this opportunity and that after reading through the content on this microsite you will consider applying for this role. Thank you so much for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you.
Gillian Docherty OBE
Chief Commercial Officer