The University has appointed a figure with significant experience in forging strong links between business and higher education.
Professor Julian Beer has been appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor of Research, Enterprise and Business Engagement.
He was previously Pro Vice-Chancellor at Plymouth University with responsibility for Regional Enterprise and Professor of Knowledge Transfer, roles in which he developed a strong record on business engagement.
Julian has extensive experience of the private sector, as well as of transferring higher education knowledge into commercial or public policy outcomes.
As leader of its strategy on business and employer engagement, Julian will strengthen Birmingham City University’s connection with the City and region. He will also lead research, innovation and knowledge exchange development, together with expanding commercial activities.
Commenting on the appointment, Birmingham City University Vice-Chancellor Professor Cliff Allan said: “This is an exciting appointment that promises to accelerate our rapidly developing work in further aligning our University with the needs and interests of the regional and national economy.
“Julian has significant experience of both higher education and the private sector, as well as successfully transferring research and learning from one to the other. At a time when Birmingham City University is investing heavily in enterprise and research Julian’s experience and leadership will undoubtedly prove a real asset to our work and our role in the region.”
Professor Julian Beer said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to this leading role at such an ambitious and exciting institution as Birmingham City University.
“I very much look forward to building on the work done already in developing powerful links between the region and the University, further enhancing employment opportunities for our students and connecting research with the demands of the local economy.’