Enterprise effort

December 10, 2004

Sir Brian Fender, chairman of commercialisation company BTG and former chief executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, is leading an initiative to formalise the knowledge-transfer profession with the establishment of an Institute for Knowledge Transfer.

The Association for University Research and Industry Links has submitted a proposal to the Department of Trade and Industry to create a body that will offer accredited training, professional development and qualifications on a par with those in the accountancy and legal sectors.

Universities UK, the DTI and the UK Patent Office are supporting the bid.

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