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Regional businesses set to benefit from innovation project

Published: Wednesday, 26 October 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

A three-year programme that aims to encourage innovation across the Sheffield City Region has been launched as part of a joint initiative between the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University.

The Sheffield Innovation Programme will see small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) from across the region have access to academic facilities, resources and expertise at both universities in order to deliver new services and products.

Companies will be granted access to a range of consultancy services with experts as well as workshops and events to accelerate the firm’s growth.

The academic staff who will act as consultants have a range of expertise in areas including, materials engineering, robotics, sports engineering, advanced manufacturing and packaging design.

Funding for the programme is coming froth both universities as well as the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The programme showcases both of the universities commitment to supporting businesses within the region and helping them to develop and grow.

Strengthen partnerships with local businesses

Professor Paul Harrison, pro vice-chancellor for research and innovation at Sheffield Hallam University, said: "This project provides a channel for our academics and researchers to work in knowledge-exchange partnerships with industry, keeping our research relevant to the economy and also providing stimuli to our students through our taught programmes.”

The plan is for the programme to be able to offer support to more than 200 regional businesses over the course of three years.

Also, the universities continue to strengthen their partnership with local businesses within Sheffield, creating valuable work experience and job opportunities for students attending, particularly those within the advanced manufacturing sector.

Professor Mike Hounslow, pro vice-chancellor for engineering at the university of Sheffield, said: “As engineers we’re passionate about applying our research and innovation to create real solutions and to address pressing challenges with industry.  

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