Membership and Terms of Reference

Three sub-committees of Research & Innovation Committee, with responsibility for the allocation, management, governance and reporting of University block funding for research, innovation and commercialisation. 

Composition and membership, 2023-24

Loughborough Impact and Knowledge Exchange Accelerator

The Group comprises:

  • Pro Vice-Chancellor Research & Innovation - D Parsons (Chair)
  • Two School Associate Dean Research & Innovation - to attend on a six-month rotation: 1x STEM 1x SHAPE
  • Head of Research & Innovation Quality & Policy - C Shannon
  • Head of Partnerships & Knowledge Exchange - K Burchell
  • Head of IP Management & Commercialisation - N Gostick
  • Head of Research Development - K Gillingham
  • Secretariat - T Fontenla
  • PDRA/F Representative

Attendees by invitation (when supporting projects):

  • Commercialisation Manager
  • Partnership Development Manager

 
 

Loughborough IP and Commercialisation Accelerator

The Group comprises:

  • Pro Vice-Chancellor Research & Innovation - D Parsons (Chair)
  • Director of Research & Innovation - J Johnson
  • Head of IP Management & Commercialisation - N Gostick
  • Director of Finance & Director of LUEL - J Henry
  • Three External Specialists and Advisors - TBC
  • Secretariat - T Fontenla

Loughborough Policy Impact Accelerator

The Group comprises:

  • Director of Loughborough Policy Unit - G Hitchen (Chair)
  • A School Associate Dean Research & Innovation - related to policy funding call
  • Head of Research & Innovation Quality & Policy - C Shannon
  • Policy Unit Manager - C Hamilton
  • Secretariat - T Fontenla

In attendance by invitation:

  • Partnership Development Manager related to policy funding call

Terms of Reference

Impact and Knowledge Exchange Accelerator

1. To oversee the development and implementation of the University's internal funding strategy regarding the use of block funding across knowledge exchange and impact:

  • To provide the framework and process for application to the funding
  • To set and monitor KPI’s together with the quarterly financial performance of all underlying activities (research, innovation, impact, and culture)
  • To manage applications and awards in line with the Research & Innovation Core Plan and Partnerships Core Plan
  • To review annually progress of spend against the framework of delivery for decisions on major projects by Research & Innovation Committee 
  • To monitor the University’s delivery against targets and funder requirements

2. To receive and advise on an annual report on fundraising activity regarding block funding for research, innovation, impact, and culture.

3. To meet five times a year and to report to Research & Innovation Committee after each meeting. The expectation would be to front load spend and so allocate most of the funding before the end of each calendar year. 

4. Review formal individual project progress updates and/or final / outcomes reports delivered.

IP and Commercialisation Accelerator

1. To oversee the development and implementation of the University's internal funding strategy regarding IP and commercialisation:

  • To consider applications from inventors with technologies of sufficient maturity to evidence there is a commercial market and demand from customers. 
  • To support applications and opportunities where commercial development is the most effective way to achieve impact and/or a financial return for the University. 
  • To review proposals in the form of commercial plans for opportunities relating to completed licenses or spinout companies. 

2. To approve formal proposals to create spinout companies based on sound business plans.

3. To receive and advise on an annual report on fundraising activity regarding commercialisation funding. 

4. To meet five times a year and to report to Research & Innovation Committee after each meeting. 

5. Review formal individual project progress updates and/or final reports / outcomes delivered.

Policy Impact Accelerator

1. To oversee the development and implementation of the University's internal funding strategy regarding public policy and policy interfacing and related impact.

2. To provide the framework and process for allocation of the funding:

  • To set and monitor KPI’s together with the quarterly financial performance of all underlying activities.
  • To manage allocations and awards in line with the Research & Innovation Core Plan and Partnerships Core Plan
  • To review annually progress of spend against the framework of delivery for decisions on major projects by Research & Innovation Committee 
  • To monitor the University’s delivery against targets and funder requirements

3. To meet five times a year and to report to Research & Innovation Committee after each meeting.

4. To produce an annual report on policy impact delivered and report to Research & Innovation Committee after each meeting. 

5. Review formal individual project progress updates and/or final / outcomes reports delivered.