A new advisory board has been created bringing together representatives from the Suffolk business community at an inaugural meeting at the University of Suffolk.
The Innovation and Engagement Advisory Board (IEB) has been created to provide support, guidance and direction in establishing the University of Suffolk as one of the critical business support agencies in the region and the provider of choice for knowledge exchange, innovation, and entrepreneurship as well as the most state-of-the-art training provider.
Professor Gurpreet Jagpal, Pro Vice-Chancellor Business and Entrepreneurship at the University said: “Through collaboration with businesses and stakeholders, we will address the challenges that face our people and communities within Ipswich, Suffolk and beyond.
“The goal of this collaboration is to transform local productivity and workforce development through education, knowledge exchange, innovation and enterprise; our graduates will be entrepreneurial, pioneering and equipped with the skills and experience to create their own futures and make a positive contribution and impact on society.”
The IEB will help the University of Suffolk to improve its business engagement, by developing external links and raising its profile.
It will also act as a sounding board on the design and implementation of programmes, executive education, short courses and other innovation activities.
Chairing the new board is Peter Wilson, managing director of leading logistics and maritime service provider, Cory Brothers.
He said: “We are aiming to enhance connectivity between the University and corporate partners to develop a better understanding of the business, market and industry trends, providing insights into current and future employer needs, and upcoming funding opportunities.
“We will also give advice and guidance regarding opportunities for graduate level students including ways of helping to strengthen Alumni engagement and act as advocates for the University externally.”
University of Suffolk Press Office