Meet the team

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Innovation, business and partnership team

Dr Sue Baxter

Director of Innovation and Business Partnerships

Dr Sue Baxter leads on supporting research-based innovation across the University, implementing the new Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) and all activities across the University attributed to the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF). 

Telephone: +44 (0)1273 872887
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Kate Thorpe

Deputy Head of Business Engagement 

Kate helps build links that support collaborative research and knowledge exchange. Contact Kate for business, research funding, PhD studentship or Knowledge Partnership enquiries.

Telephone: +44 (0)1273 873664
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Nora Davies

Co-manager of the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA)

Nora Davies co-manages the ESRC Impact Accerleration Account (IAA) at Sussex with Megan McMichael. The IAA connects social science researchers with organisations to address 'real-world' issues. Contact Nora to discuss the IAA.

Telephone: +44 (0)1273 678178
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Dr Lorna Hards

ESRC IAA Project Manager

Dr Lorna Hards manages the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account, a block grant to build capacity for knowledge exchange and impact at Sussex. The IAA offers support, skills development and funding for researchers to work with partners from all sectors.

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Keith O'Brien

Intellectual Property Business Partner 

Keith O’Brien manages and develops the University's innovation and intellectual property portfolio and supports the creation of opportunities leading to use and exploitation of research by external organisations, such as by licensing and spin-out company formation. Contact Keith if you have an intellectual property, technology transfer or licensing enquiry.

Telephone: +44 (0)1273 873579
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Anna Saunders

Intellectual Property Coordinator 

Anna Saunders administers patent applications to protect the University’s intellectual property and non-disclosure agreements (NDA) to open up opportunities for partnerships in research and commercialisation. Contact Anna if you have an intellectual property or NDA enquiry.

Telephone: +44 (0)1273 873862

Mary Harris

Business Boost Coordinator

Mary Harris manages the Business Boost programme, including business engagement grants and consultancy training for doctoral students. Contact Mary if you have a Business Boost enquiry.

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