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Professor Allman is a highly experienced academic, with particular expertise in innovation, enterprise, and knowledge exchange. He joins the Faculty from Keele Business School, where, for the past five years, he was its Director and led its recent industrial collaboration focus.

Throughout his career he has worked with well over 1,000 enterprises, secured almost £18 million of research and grant funding, and supported nearly £20 million of local growth, particularly from smaller technology enterprises. His teaching has also won several accolades, particularly for placing students alongside entrepreneurs. Professor Allman will take up the role this summer.

Professor Eunice Simmons, the University of Chester’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal, said: “Kurt has significant experience of placing a business school at the heart of its enterprise community. Chester Business School enjoys a significant position in the region educating graduates that can make an immediate impact on the businesses they join, developing successful careers in their chosen professions and making a valuable contribution as University of Chester alumni.”

Professor Allman said: “I’m delighted to be joining the University of Chester and leading the Faculty of Business and Management. Chester Business School has a great reputation for student satisfaction, employment outcomes, and a pioneering and growing portfolio of work based education. Its research clearly benefits both business and society in terms of dealing with the challenges they face. The Faculty is therefore clearly purposed to support the aspiration of the region for knowledge and innovation powered growth that is inclusive and sustainable. Over the next few years the Faculty will strengthen its industrial focus and connectivity, whilst developing an increasing emphasis on sustainability, digital technology and innovation, and community engagement.”

Professor Allman, prior to working at Keele University, held the role of  Associate Dean for Enterprise, Engagement and Employability at Salford Business School. During that time, the School doubled its business interactions. This built upon a significant tenure at Manchester Business School, where he was responsible for a number of major grants that supported student and regional enterprise initiatives. Kurt has also worked in Italy on the EU’s Framework V and VI Information Society programmes, aimed at improving digital connectivity throughout Europe.

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