KEVRI Community: Northumbria University MOS Department

KEVRI Community: Northumbria University MOS Department
Discover the incredible industry and community happening over at the Northumbria MOS Department. Img Source: Northumbria University 'About Us' Video

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Northumbria University, located in the vibrant city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, is a renowned institution known for its academic excellence and industry-focused education.

The institution was named University of the Year 2022 in the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) Awards. This marked Northumbria’s remarkable transformation to become the UK’s first research-intensive modern university. The strategy, which began in 2008, embedded quality research at the centre of everything that the University does, alongside a clear social mobility mission, and an alignment to business and the demands of the regional and local economy.

Other recent awards include “Top 25 for Research Power in the UK" and "Top 25 in the UK for Graduates in Highly Skilled Employment".

Working with Northumbria University: Marketing, Operations and Systems (MOS) Department

Last year KEVRI began working with Northumbria University's Department of Marketing, Operations, and Systems (MOS) - a dynamic and innovative academic unit that prepares students for success in today's competitive business landscape.

With a strong focus on experiential learning and industry collaboration, the MOS Department offers a range of cutting-edge programs and courses and consists of around 65 international and diverse academic staff.

Faculty members are renowned experts in their fields, bringing real-world experience and research insights to their Knowledge Exchange plans, projects and collaborative partnerships.


Source: Northumbria University MOS Department 'About Us' Video

KEVRI analytics so far

The Northumbria MOS Department identified 34 Knowledge Exchange Practitioners and 27 Strategic Partnerships across the Department in 2023 as soon as they kickstarted the KEVRI platform.

MOS staff members found it beneficial to log collaborations into the software so they could begin to identify key industry partners and support colleagues' projects through extra resources and funding opportunities.

From the KEVRI Analytics Dashboard, MOS users demonstrated a range of KEF perspectives.

Many partnerships and collaborations submitted into the KEVRI platform focused on:

➤ Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Graduate Start Ups

➤ Research Partnerships

➤ Working with Businesses

➤ Public and Community Engagement (PCE)

Collaborations To Watch: Nesta x Northumbria

One key collaboration making headlines is the Making Academics Knowledge Exchange Ready (MAKER) programme between Innovation Growth Lab (IGL) NESTA and three Small Business Charter accredited business schools: Manchester Metropolitan, Ulster University, and Northumbria’s Newcastle Business School.

As the Small Business Charter (SBC) blog outlines, Northumbria University has been chosen by the Innovation Growth Lab (IGL) - hosted at the UK’s innovation agency for social good NESTA - to join its University-Industry Impact Accelerator Programme aimed at experimenting to advance university-industry collaboration and knowledge exchange.

Dr. Padmali Rodrigo on LinkedIn: Innovations in Knowledge Exchange: Making Academics Knowledge Exchange…
Great to see some further exposure to our collaboration with NESTA. Thank you Small Business Charter for featuring this.

Dr Matt Sutherland will be working on this NESTA partnership alongside Northumbria colleagues:

Dr Padmali Rodrigo: Assistant Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Marketing

Dr Simon Lillystone: Assistant Professor in Newcastle Business School

Jennie Shorley: Professor of Educational Engagement Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr Laura Bradley: Senior Lecturer in Marketing at Ulster University

Gurmit Kler: Knowledge Exchange Consultant

As Matt informs the Small Business Charter (SBC):

''Northumbria is known for its knowledge exchange and professional development activity with businesses, especially SMEs, so the Accelerator programme is an initiative we are very much looking forward to being a part of.”

Working with KEVRI: Departmental Approach

It is clear to see that Northumbria University's MOS Department has many key knowledge exchange practitioners working on incredible collaborations between industry and local communities.

Hear what Dr Matt Sutherland has to say about the KEVRI and Northumbria MOS Department partnership:

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