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Overview of the event

Regional universities are key partners to Sci-Tech Daresbury in bringing support and expertise to technology companies in areas such as:

• Student projects & placements

• Student recruitment

• Collaborative research & Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

• Access to facilities

Therefore this event is designed to help technology companies better understand the breadth of support available to them and how they can best take advantage of this. It will be done through two mechanisms:

• Short session highlighting 4 company case studies through a combination of interview, expert panel and Q&A from the audience.

• Exhibition enabling you to meet with representatives from 10 regional universities and Innovate UK to explore potential areas of support and collaboration.


The event will take place in The Innovation Centre at Sci-Tech Daresbury. For directions please go to Visitor parking is available on-site and attendees will be notified of where to park before the event.

Programme for the morning

8.30 – 9.30 – Registration (The Innovation Centre)

8.30- 12.00 – NW University & Innovate UK Exhibition (The Innovation Centre)

There will be stands from the following institutions:

  • University of Bolton
  • University of Central Lancashire
  • University of Chester
  • University of Cumbria
  • Lancaster University
  • University of Liverpool
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • University of Manchester
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • University of Salford
  • Innovate UK

9.30 – 10.45 Company case studies with input from expert panel (Merrison Lecture Theatre)

Session 1 – Student projects and placements

Interviewee - Nikki Barraclough (Executive Director, Prevent Breast Cancer)

Interviewer – John Leake (Sci-Tech Daresbury)

Expert panel

Martyn Shaw, - Director of Business Development, University of Bolton

Amine Melaine- Project Manager – UNITE plus, University of Central Lancashire

Adam Crane - Employer Engagement Coordinator, University of Chester

Session 2 – Student recruitment

Interviewee – Laurie Watson (Student Recruitment Officer (NW), PwC)

Interviewer – John Leake (Sci-Tech Daresbury)

Expert panel

Steve Wood - Development Manager, University of Cumbria

Angela Standish - Employability Consultant, University of Manchester

Graham Jackson - TALENTmatch Manager, Manchester Metropolitan University

Session 3 – Collaborative research and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Interviewee – Phil Goddard (CEO, CSols)

Interviewer – Paul Treloar, Sci-Tech Daresbury

Expert panel

Lisa Ahmed - Impact & Business Development Manager, University of Liverpool

Martin Gilmore - Business Partnerships Manager, Lancaster University

Mick Card - Knowledge Transfer Adviser, Innovate UK

Session 4 – Access to Facilities

Interviewee – Paul Oldfield (Environment Manager, Mersey Gateway Crossings Board)

Interviewer – Paul Treloar, Sci-Tech Daresbury

Expert panel

Andy Shaw, Head of Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores University

Joe Flanagan, Business Development Manager – Research & Enterprise, University of Salford

Delyth Lloyd, Acting Head of Campus Development, Science and Technology Facilities Council

11.30 – Tours of Campus facilities (30-40 minutes)

Tour 1 – ITAC Laboratory - Campus Technology Hub - Techspace One

This will provide an overview of a range of laboratory and workshop facilities at Sci-Tech Daresbury, along with a range of analytical and rapid prototyping equipment that can be accessed.

Tour 2 – Virtual Engineering Centre – Hartree Centre

This will provide an overview of the high performance computing, data analytics, AI and VR/AR facilities that are located at Sci-Tech Daresbury.


Price: Free

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