Who are we?
RENU is a voluntary network of university managers and practitioners who have a role in research, enterprise and innovation. We are currently from 38 universities, but are keen to grow. We are not a private company; any profit we make goes back to RENU events and activities; we do not lobby. We are run by a voluntary, elected Executive Committee drawn from across our network with support from an administrator.
What do we do?
We meet for regular focused events to learn from decision-makers and experts about new R&E challenges and opportunities facing our sector, we share ideas, we capture best practice and we build our working partnerships. We are a nominating body for the REF. We focus on both policy developments (eg the Knowledge Exchange Framework) and operational challenges. If you want to share your experiences with a supportive network of colleagues engaged in similar roles and facing similar challenges, then our events are for you.
Why do we do it?
We come together to explore solutions collectively to help us all to do our jobs better and to enable ourselves to establish excellent practice in our own institutions. If your university is not already a RENU member, you can join us for the annual institutional fee of £400. For more details,
please see www.renu.ac.uk/join-renu
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Our members form part of the UK’s dynamic university sector. The research performed at our member universities is usually highly applied, is very diverse and often:
* supports local businesses to develop and grow;
* supports social regeneration;
* informs policy at local and national level;
* collaborates with industry to perform research into sustainable energy
* investigates how global warming will affect the lives of people in the UK
* is allied to applied solutions in the healthcare system
* is funded by the EU
Our members’ research is wide-ranging, innovative and enterprising, see below for a taste of that research:
Medicine, health and life sciences
University of Sunderland: Implementing online evidence-based care pathways: A mixed-methods study across primary and secondary care
University of West of Scotland: Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice
Northumbria University: A new diagnostic test for childhood brain tumour offers hope for other cancers
Leeds Beckett University: Whole Systems Obesity
Kingston University London: Designing sensory enriched environments for people living with dementia
Huddersfield University: Telling the story of how early man moved across the globe
Edinburgh Napier University: Challenging existing classifications of traumatic stress disorders.
Chester University: Psychological flexibility as a moderator for known predictors of suicidality
University of Bedfordshire: PARKINSON’s disease is “one step closer to a cure” thanks to stem cell research
Anglia Ruskin University: Breakthrough for treatment of fibrotic diseases
Physical sciences, engineering and mathematics
University of Central Lancashire: Recycling Lives project in collaboration with HSBC to reuse the estimated 1.2 million tonnes of residue from shredding cars and other vehicles and turning the residue into a saleable product and electrical energy. WINNER Most Innovative Contribution to Business-University Collaboration, 2018 TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION AWARDS
Southampton Solent University: Ports, Energy and Carbon Savings Project
Oxford Brookes University: Net Energy Analysis research
Middlesex University: Flood Hazard Research, Improving policy making to reduce the risk of natural hazards
University of Lincoln: New AI Research to Develop Self-Learning Robots for Nuclear Sites
Cumbria University: The South Cumbria Species Restoration Project: Back On Our Map
Bucks New University: Paniwater, solar disinfection water-treatments in India
University of South Wales: A new hybrid model of the justice system in Afghanistan
Nottingham Trent University: Hate crime risk assessment research to support police forces in England and Wales
Middlesex University & Greenwich University: A national festival to widen participation and increase diversity in science and arts disciplines, targeting primarily ethnic minorities, disadvantaged communities and girls. WINNER OF THE OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY AWARD, 2018 TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION AWARDS
Canterbury Christ Church University: blended recognised international practice with local contextual knowledge to overhaul teacher education degree programmes and align them with Palestinian needs (in collaboration with the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education). WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL IMPACT AWARD, 2018 TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION AWARDS
De Montfort University: The short-term imprisonment of mothers is unjust, DMU research finds
Arts and humanities
University of Central Lancashire: Uclan Publishing is the world’s only student-run, not-for-profit trade publishing house. Established eight years ago, alongside an MA in publishing, it has now produced about 150 titles, many of them retailing through Waterstones, WHSmith and Amazon. WINNER EXCELLENCE AND INNOVATION IN THE ARTS AWARD 2018, TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION
University of West London: The commercialisation of interactive music
University of West of England: AHRC funded ‘Solid free-form fabrication in fired ceramic as a design aid for concept modelling in the ceramic industry’
Sheffield Hallam University: War and Medicine
Manchester Metropolitan University: The visual culture of social conflict in the public eye
Canterbury Christ Church University: Art, Commodification and Refusal
Bournemouth University: Emerge – Operation Integratus
Birmingham City University: Crafting replicas of the Staffordshire Hoard
RENU is run as a not for profit organisation for its members. It retains the same structure as it did under its previous name of the Modern Universities Research Group (MURG). It is fully constituted and has an executive committee which coordinates the running of the organisation. The membership votes the executive committee members to office. Each member university pays an annual subscription fee of £400 and these fees are used for the general administration of the organisation. All our events cover their costs.
Chair – Professor Alison McCleery, Professor of Cultural Geography and Director of Research and Innovation Edinburgh Napier University Business School
Alison McCleery is Professor of Cultural Geography in the Business School at Edinburgh Napier University and leads the ENrich (Edinburgh Napier Research in Cultural Heritage) team there. She combines longstanding academic expertise in the social, economic and cultural development of peripheral regions of the North Atlantic with a more recent specialism in Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), especially in respect of the challenges of using ICH as a driver of development in economically marginal communities. In addition to leading her ENrich team, Alison is also currently Joint Director of Research for the Business School and was previously seconded as Director of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science/UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Centre hosted by the University of Edinburgh.
Vice Chair Elect – Professor John Senior, Pro Vice Chancellor (Research & Enterprise), University of Hertfordshire
Professor John Senior was appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) in 2006. In this capacity he:
- leads University research.
- chairs the University Research Committee.
- has overall responsibility for the delivery of research degrees in the Institution.
Between 2003 and 2006 Professor John Senior was University Director of Enterprise and Knowledge Transfer. In 2009 he lead the merger of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences with the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries to create a new Faculty of Science, Technology and Creative Arts. Professor Senior was previously Head of Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the Manchester Metropolitan University, prior to which he had worked in the Telecommunications Industry. He has an international research profile in the field of optical fibre communications and networking and he was awarded a DSc degree for these activities in 2002. Professor Senior is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and a member of its Academic Accreditation Committee.
Dr Mark Gray, PVC & Director of Knowledge Transfer, Middlesex University London
A senior manager in HE since 1997, Mark has led the development of knowledge transfer/knowledge exchange (from CPD and consulting to spin-out/licensing) in a variety of universities for many years. IHe has extensive experience of educational project and programme leadership, business development and management in commercialisation, university reach out, vocational professional education and strategy consulting in higher education in the UK and overseas (Africa, Asia, Europe, FSU, Latin America, Middle East/GCC).
Professor Linda King is Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Global Partnerships. Linda joined Oxford Brookes in 1986 as a Lecturer in Virology and was promoted to Professor in 1998. She was Dean of the School of Life Sciences for eight years until she became Associate Dean for Research and Knowledge Exchange for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. Linda completed her doctorate in molecular virology at Oxford University in 1985. Her research has focused on understanding the biology of insect viruses and on their exploitation in agriculture, medicine and biotechnology.She is co-founding director of a joint Brookes and Natural Environment Research Council spin-out biotech company.Having published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals, reviews and book chapters, Linda has also spoken at numerous national and international meetings, including The American Society for Virology, The Society for Invertebrate Pathology, Peptalk, Global Protein Summit and Baculovirus Technology.
Zulfiqur is Research Professor & Director of Healthcare – Innovation Partnerships. His research interests are in micro and nanofabrication approaches for creating devices that are high density and are more functional. Much of this work has focussed on microfluidics for point-of-care diagnostic devices and for complex chemical and biological processing on a chip. Related work includes transducer development, particularly electrochemical and optical sensing, and soft computing for primarily pattern recognition. Zulfiqur is currently Chief Executive Officer for Anasyst a start-up company that arose from collaborative work with colleague Dr Meez Islam. Anasyst is focussed on commercialising Cavity Enhanced Absorption Spectrometry for liquid based sensing, optical ammonia sensing and microfluidics based point-of-care diagnostics. www.anasyst.com
Professor Mike Weed is Professor of Applied Policy Sciences and Head of the School of Human and Life Sciences at Canterbury Christ Church University. Drawing on a wide range of social science disciplines, including social psychology, sociology, economics, geography and policy science, his work has focussed on informing, improving and interrogating policy in the applied domains of public health, physical activity, physical education, sport, tourism, transport, urban development and major events.
Professor Sue Baxter, Director of Innovation and Business Partnerships, University of Sussex
Sue is the University’s lead for the new Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) and all activities across the University attributed to the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF). She represents the University in areas such as the government’s Industrial Strategy and local economic growth.
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