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‘Improving industry-academic relationships’ is part of the institution’s Research Festival,  which runs until April 18.

On Thursday, a series of short talks will be followed by a Q&A panel discussion, before culminating in lunch and the opportunity to network.

Speakers include:

Jayne Hennessy, Peel Land and Property Group Management Limited: Universities working with commercial partners: A commercial perspective.

Professor Chris Jones, Executive Dean of Chester Business School: Are university business schools still relevant to the enterprise community?

Thornton undergraduates Nicole Fisher, Technical Assistant and BPR Dossier Team at Safe4 Disinfectant; and Rebecca Meadows, R&D Engineer at Motrac Race Engineering Ltd: Learning while contributing to commercial endeavours.

Steve Hammond, Managing Director, Motrac Race Engineering: Working with the University: The SME perspective.

Dr Andy Williams, Senior Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering: Making partnership with industry successful: experience from working with the automotive industry.

The Q&A panel discussion: ‘Improving Industry-Academic Relationships’ will feature:

  • Clare Dunkerley, Senior Process Engineer from Otto Simon Ltd
  • Dr Kirstie Simpson, Associate Dean, University of Chester Business School
  • Jayne Hennessey from Peel Land and Property Group Management Limited
  • Richard Farrow, Head of Strategy Performance and Impact, University of Chester.

Organiser, Dr Gavin Philips, from the Department of Natural Sciences at the University of Chester’s Thornton Science Park, said:

“We are very excited to be hosting this event at Thornton Science Park. The key to excellent working relations between industrial and academic partners is always communication, and we believe that this event will provide academics, research professionals and businesses with a better insight into how we can all work effectively with each other. It will also be an excellent networking opportunity.”

Tickets are available via Eventbrite. Lunch will be provided, please email after you have booked if you have any dietary requirements.

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