Stef leads the Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship Directorate, the Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre (IWIC) and the University’s business engagement strategy. In 2016 Stef founded the award winning Suffolk Centre for Female Entrepreneurship and is currently a member of the Suffolk Growth Programme Board. She is member of a number of local and regional steering groups focused on connecting higher education to business through skills development, knowledge exchange and innovation. Stef is an enterprise associate with the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education and a fellow of the Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange.
Previously an elected member of the Executive of the UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE), the Graduate School Manager and Principal Administrative Officer for Research at the University of East London, Stef has worked with in higher education since completing her MA in International Relations and Development Studies in 2001. In 2007 she was seconded to HEFCE to act as an assistant panel secretary for RAE2008 and has a background in research and postgraduate support.
Stef is a Governor for a local primary school in Ipswich with responsibility for the Curriculum Committee and STEM. Stef is a full time Mum of four children and devotes the rest of her time to raising them in the beautiful county of Suffolk.
Thorne, S (2018) ‘Diversity in Entrepreneurship’, UKSPA Member conference 2018, Cambridge
Thorne, S (2018) ‘Don’t Drop the Female’, Women’s Voices, Women’s Votes Festival, University of Suffolk, Ipswich
Thorne, S (2018) ‘Diversity in Leadership, Roundtable Facilitation, Institute of Directors, Workforce Inclusion and Diversity Conference, Duxford
Thorne, S (2018), Research Development vs Business Development: Oil and Water? Inorms 2018 Edinburgh
Thorne, S (2017) ‘Innovation Outreach: Widening Participation of SMEs in Research and Innovation within Norfolk and Suffolk’, University-Industry Interaction conference, UIIN, Dublin, Ireland
Thorne, S (2017) ‘Small is Beautiful – the Enterprising Campus’ MASHEIN (Management of Small Higher Education Institutions Network) Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, UK
Thorne, S (2014) ‘Engaging academic staff in the supervision of interdisciplinary doctoral degree programmes in the UK: Turning round the super tanker of monodisciplinarity’ Final Proceedings of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) Eighth annual summit on Global Education ‘ Interdisciplinary Learning in Graduate Education and Research’ Newfoundland, Canada
Thorne, S (2014) ‘Is PRES the only way? A case study of the use of focus groups for PGR feedback’, UKCGE International Annual Conference 2014
Thorne, S (2011) ‘Graduate Schools’ BERA (British Educational Research Association) Annual Conference, 2011
Thorne, S (2010), ‘Graduate School: Portal or Gatekeeper’, Society for Research into Higher Education, Annual Conference