The University of Derby has appointed Professor Warren Manning to the newly-established position of provost – innovation and research to drive forward its strategic ambitions for research excellence, knowledge exchange and commercial and enterprise activities.
Professor Manning joined the university in January 2018 as pro vice-chancellor dean of the College of Engineering and Technology from De Montfort University where he was pro vice-chancellor dean for the Faculty of Business and Law.
Promoting and embedding innovation
In his new role, Professor Manning will provide the leadership to promote and embed an innovation and research culture aligned to the university’s strategy.
He will build upon the progress the university has already made towards achieving its ambitions around the Research Excellence Framework (REF), which accounts for the quality of university research, and the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF), which provides an indication of the university’s engagement with businesses and community.
Commenting on his appointment, Professor Warren Manning said: “I am delighted to be moving into the role of provost – innovation and research. The opportunity to take on the challenge of delivering excellence in innovation and research for the University of Derby is compelling.
“The government commitment to increase research spending to 2.4% of GDP by 2027, an additional £20bn, is based on exploiting great ideas born in universities and grown through businesses.
“This is a driver for universities to work much closer with businesses and organisations to deliver collaborative, applied research and knowledge exchange.
“There are significant opportunities to work with local businesses here in Derby. We have made strong links with a number of companies through our regional development work, some of which have the ability and opportunity to become global.
“We aim to share our knowledge to support our partners to realise their ambitions regionally and globally.”
Professor Kathryn Mitchell DL, vice-chancellor of the University of Derby, added: “At the University of Derby we encourage research excellence across all our disciplines and at all career stages, recognising the strong link between impactful research, enhanced student experience and influence in our region.
“The provost – innovation and research role demonstrates the investment we are making in our staff and our research infrastructure to help us achieve this.
“Warren brings a thorough and wide-ranging knowledge of the higher education environment from his previous roles at Derby and other universities, with experience of driving transformation at a strategic level.
“I welcome his approach to working with industry and local partners to deliver high quality and in-depth innovation.”
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