Professor Wendy Purcell 'Why Collaborate?'


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Professor Wendy Purcell 'Why Collaborate?'

  1. 1. Why Collaborate? Professor Wendy Purcell Vice-Chancellor Plymouth University South West Forum Conference 27 November 2012
  2. 2. Collaborate Because…• Opportunity• Better outcome (worth the effort)• Socially responsible• Fun! “We are embedded and rooted in the community, and we are inspired by the people and the world around us.” “Delivering to the community we serve” Professor Wendy Purcell
  3. 3. Win-Win?… Promotes creativity and innovation • We’re here and have resources • Generates project solutions (e.g. KTPs) • Financially beneficial • Staff and student development • Enriches our academic offer • Enhances reputation • Serve our communities
  4. 4. How we work together• Training and consultancy• VC Community Research Awards• GAIN• Knowledge Exchange (incl. KTPs)• Formation Zone & Innovation Centres• Student projects - SIFE• Placements and Internships• Recruitment Solutions – GradSouthWest• Staff volunteering• Social Enterprise University Enterprise Network (UEN)• Our students and graduates• Networks and Forums … and lots, lots more
  5. 5. VC’s Community Research Awards• Unique UK awards programme• Introduced in 2008, 23 awards, c£200k• Connects world-class researchers with our community• Translates community questions into answers• Next call for projects - closing date SOON - 30th Nov
  6. 6. The Spinal Injury Association (SIA) Successfully bid for £350,000 Big Lottery Fund.The research by the University undoubtedly helped us to secure these funds by helping us to demonstrate the value of the service.” Paul Smith Executive Director of the SIA
  7. 7. The Alzheimers SocietyThe Awards made possible vital research into the early diagnostic of dementia, resulting in new training for national GPs.
  8. 8. “Plymouth is leading the way in its community approach to raising awareness of dementia. From little acorns grow big oaks and this is very much the case here with much thanks to the Community Research Awards.” Ian Sheriff, Plymouth UniversityThe Prime Minister urged communities to follow Plymouth’s example, singling out the work being undertaken in the city as ‘incredibly heartening’ David Cameron
  9. 9. The Peninsula Growth Acceleration and Investment Network (GAIN)• Growth hub, bringing together £120 million of business infrastructure, research facilities and expertise in a network• Connects people, ideas and resources• Science Park, Innovation Centres, Incubation Zones
  10. 10. Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)St Luke’s HospiceDeveloping a nationally recognised research centrefor Palliative CareBombardier Transportation UK LtdBest of the Best KTP award winner 2011Won - The Business Impact Award
  11. 11. Social Enterprise University Enterprise Network (SE-UEN)• Plymouth University is lead university• Working with others to develop and support social enterprise• Founding partners : – The Co-operative Group – SERCO – Social Enterprise Mark Company – National Council for Entrepreneurship in Education (NCEE) – Other Universities
  12. 12. Social Enterprise University Enterprise Network (SE-UEN) University is lead universityNational UEN• Research• Practice• Creating and sustaining• Impact
  13. 13. Social Enterprise @ Plymouth University• Social Enterprise Mark• Inspiring Futures project Accredited work based learning module - 641 students (Feb-Apr 2012)• The Plymouth Award- 460 students
  14. 14. Our Students and Graduates • Students volunteered over 15,000 hours last year • Over 12,000 students in placements last year • Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) projects • FLUX competitions • Plymouth Graduate Internship Programme • GradSouthWest
  15. 15. Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE)SIFE - University students working together to createprojects that improve quality of life for peopleProject examples:• Devonport Live• Cycle Theatre• Cultural Café• Students and Refugees Together
  16. 16. • BOO Enterprise• Established 2010 by Becky Barber - design graduate• Award winning Fairtrade and Social Enterprise business• Established in Madagascar and the UK• Supported BOO Enterprise through Formation Zone• Provided start up office space and facilities
  17. 17. …… and lots, lots more• Supported a successful bid to the BIG lottery fund for the Transforming Local Infrastructure project.• Successful bid to English Nature to be the national demonstration project on Natural Connections• Manage the Devon and Torbay Children’s Universities• Optometry Clinic
  18. 18. Call to action• A revolving door• Serve our communities together• Enrich our academic offer, reputation and sustainability• New funding opportunities• WITH• Our heritage – Anchor institution - Place making