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Ben Sumner

Ben Sumner

Director of Engagement and Partnerships, Research and Innovation, Financial and Business Services,
University of Nottingham

Ben is responsible for developing and managing the University’s links with its key industry partners. His team coordinates both corporate and local partnerships to maximise the impact and benefit derived from University research. Working across the University and its international campuses, Ben focuses on key sectors including aerospace, energy, health, pharmaceuticals, agrifood and transport. Before joining the University, Ben spent a number of years working in foreign direct investment for local and regional agencies. At East Midlands Development Agency he was responsible for activity in both the transport technology sector and the Asia Pacific market, managing operations in India, Japan and Australia. Ben holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Nottingham.

Gain the latest insights from experts in the higher education sector on creating and developing effective and innovative research strategies, through partnerships and collaboration, to allow for leading and pioneering research projects

  • Analysing how to develop innovative research strategies within a higher education institution through partnerships, knowledge exchange and collaboration
  • Sharing examples of best practice and practical insights for effectively developing research partnerships across universities, businesses and industry
  • Discussing the importance of funding and the different funding opportunities available for the development of research and research partnerships
  • Exploring how to develop research initiatives which offer maximum impact on society and industry to encourage economic growth through new innovations