Current Initiatives

Temple Quarter Engagement (Fiona Hyland)

To create a global civic campus at TQ Enterprise Campus: a meeting point for different forms of expertise and experience from across society; a campus that ensures that a wide range of individuals and communities have opportunities to participate in and to shape research, education and wider university life.

Temple Quarter Enterprise (Fiona Hyland)

To establish multi-disciplinary university-external collaborative co-working, at scale, via principles of simplicity, inclusiveness and collaboration. To develop an Enterprise ‘front door’ to the University and establish best practice in Partner-University relationships and experience.

Barton Hill Micro-Campus (Jess Sharratt)

We are excited to be one of three tenants in a new development at Wellspring Settlement, with our newly opened micro-campus. Housed in three adjoining shipping containers, the micro-campus is a place for us to work collaboratively with a range of partners and communities in East Bristol. It will help nurture and develop the kind of working relationships we hope to develop at scale at the Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus.

Quantum and Deep Technology Innovation (Mike Paton)

To put Bristol on the map internationally as a significant player in Quantum across the entire spectrum of education and research, from theory to technology and innovation; to take quantum discoveries out of the lab, and engineer them in to useful products and services.  To develop an effective framework that supports the commercialisation of quantum and other deep technologies through discovery, acceleration, incubation and scaling.

National and Regional Government (Julie Grady)

To develop relationships and work in partnership with National and Regional Government organisations to drive the agenda for innovation, productivity and growth; to target the biggest challenges facing the UK and more specifically the Bristol/SW region as set out in the West of England Local Industrial Strategy.

Robotics and Autonomous Systems (Julie Grady)

To establish the University as a global academic leader in socio-technical autonomous systems and robotics, through the development of a truly cross-disciplinary and diverse environment of education and research and use of public and industrial engagement initiatives to create opportunities and ensure meaningful impact.

Bristol Health Partners Academic Health Science Centre (Lisa King)

Establish a broad, multi-disciplinary NHS/academic/City partnership that is recognised nationally as a beacon for participatory health and care research, innovation and implementation (targeting significant health gains and service improvements in areas of pressing need); and positioned (and positioning the University) to take full advantage of opportunities that emerge. Creating and pursuing new opportunities with the widest set of (regional) partners.

Digital Health (Laura Zuluaga Cardona)

To position and secure for UoB a highly performing future in health education, research and innovation in the decades to come; working with people, developing relationships and partnerships, encouraging and facilitating cross-disciplinary activity, influencing policy, and building a reputation for innovation and impact; influencing, targeting and securing government and industrial funding at significant scale. Acting as integrator and systems thinker across UoB in Health.

Net Zero (Heather Saxton)

To establish an over-arching programme of work on Climate Adaptation and Mitigation – ‘Net Zero’. Achieving net zero is a complex and global challenge which will require unprecedented activity and integration of UK research and innovation into all sectors of society. This programme will involve many bids, value propositions and other projects to ensure that a broad range of opportunities are realised, and the University of Bristol works actively, with government, industry and civic society, in the transformation towards net zero. The programme will include and bring together activities happening across the University (including through the regional GW4 Alliance), bringing in existing expertise from University Research Institutes and others, ensuring an interdisciplinary, whole systems approach.

City Engagement (Heather Saxton)

To strengthen the University’s relationship with the city and organisations within it whereby the University-City partnership sets new standards in civic engagement and gains recognition regionally, nationally and internationally. The University will work to strengthen its reputation as an ‘engaged university’ through working with city governance, other institutions and citizens. To use the broadest spectrum of the University’s research to maximise impact for the city and its citizens, for example in policy development and strategy planning. To enhance cross disciplinary activity and to encourage, support and facilitate new partnerships and opportunities for collaborative working with external organisations.

Partnerships (Frances Frith, Sophie Ross-Smith, Natasha Davies)

To lead on the development and management of a successful portfolio of partnerships that contribute to the University’s research, regional and civic ambitions, ensuring that the University is recognised as a partner of choice. To lead on the creation of a partnership culture across the institution and the development of the necessary capabilities, resources and processes to develop and grow partnerships. The resulting shared team approach will enable staff across the University to deliver professional, effective and agile management of partnerships with external organisations.

Partnerships Readiness (Christine Nileshwar)

To ensure the University is fully ‘partnerships ready’ and to clarify our viable partnership ‘offer’ through identifying and resolving obstacles and issues that arise during this activity (eg in collaboration or co-location or co-creation) and ensuring that the University can deliver on its Partnerships aspirations for TQEC as well as more generally across the University.