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What skills do we need for research development roles and for business development roles?

Date & Time:

17th June 2019
14:45 - 15:15


Meeting Room 1b

With the increasingly interdisciplinarity and challenge-led focus of the external research environment, we are seeing more of a need for support for academic colleagues which requires skill sets from both research and business development professionals. We are even seeing the onset of “hybrid” development roles, which encompass skills from both different arenas. Such changes are vital to ensure the resilience of institutions in an increasingly volatile and uncertain landscape, and play a key role in ensuring success with funding streams such as the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. This session will explore key case studies of projects where a synergetic approach to development was taken, identify common skills and experience across Research and Business Development roles to clarify unique and shared skills of the professions, and then discuss the opportunity for career progression and divergence between different development tracks, ending with a discussion on how we can provide opportunities to individuals to develop skills and experience to enable them to do this.

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Presented by:

Julie Swinbank - Head of Partnerships and Engagement, Durham University


Theme: Funding & development
Level: Open to all
Date: 17th June 2019
Time: 14:45 - 15:15
Room: Meeting Room 1b