Connecting Capability Fund – Project Manager
This post is Full Time and Fixed Term with a planned end date of 31 March 2021.
Durham University is the lead HEI on a 3-year project in a high profile collaboration with Newcastle, Northumbria and Sunderland universities which has been awarded £4.9m from the UK Government’s Connecting Capabilities Fund as part of the Industrial Strategy. The project will deliver a step change in commercialising research from the 4 partner universities in order to deliver economic impact in support of the north east economy.
This post has been created to lead, coordinate and ensure the compliant delivery of the Connecting Capability Fund project – Northern Accelerator. The project will deliver a step change in the economic impact from the universities spin out and knowledge exchange portfolios. The project is an ambitious collaborative project between Durham, Newcastle, Sunderland and Northumbria Universities which will encourage and enhance current spin out and knowledge exchange outcomes within key industries of local importance. Supporting the universities individual strategies as well as the strategic economic plans of both the NELEP and TVCA and the Governments Industrial Strategy.
The new funding will enable the partner institutions to enhance academic commercialisation aspirations throughout the academic community through an ideas and impact hub, it will deliver proof of concept support to product prototypes and business models and establish a pilot venture capital seed investment fund. The project will also build upon and expand the existing Northern Accelerator chief executive network that embeds entrepreneurs in the very early stages of University spin-out formation. This integrated approach is intended to significantly enhance University commercialisation activity and, working with finance sector partners, demonstrate the commercial pipeline as a prelude to establishing a bespoke NE Universities Investment Fund
Applications are invited from individuals who have the right combination of skills and attitude to deliver this challenging project. Candidates should have a broad understanding and experience of business, university knowledge transfer and the local economy.
The application method is by CV and covering letter. Please also complete the attached Supplementary Application table, that allows you to demonstrate how you meet the core requirements for the role.