Our Knowledge Exchange
and Enterprise Team
Our Edinburgh Napier Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise Team is here to help support all research and Knowledge exchange (RKE) activity across our five Schools - we help transfer good ideas, research results and skills from the University to business and the wider community to enable innovative new products, services and processes to be developed.
Read more about the Business and Innovation Hub on the main Napier website >
Fiona Mason - Head of Business Engagement and IP Commercialisation
Fiona has a dual role leading on both the business engagement and IP commercialisation functions at Edinburgh Napier University. She manages the Business Engagement team and is responsible for the development of the policy and strategies related to business and stakeholder engagement. Our relationships are at our heart and Fiona is keen to help build long-lasting partnerships.
Responsible for the management and commercialisation of the University’s intellectual property, Fiona leads on the Edinburgh Napier’s commercialisation strategy and process, supports the development and exploitation of all IP projects leading to license or spin-out and also helps with general IP enquiries. She is really interested in the commercial potential of innovations and their real-world application and is enthusiastic about transforming research into something impactful.
Get in touch with Fiona if you have any questions or ideas about engaging with businesses, are interested in finding out more about commercialising your research or have any queries related to IP.
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Georgina Gilmer – Head of CPD and Consultancy
Georgina is responsible for the institutional strategic development and growth of continuing professional development (CPD) and consultancy.
Through supporting and inspiring academics to transfer their excellent research into tangible outputs, she ensures that they benefit business and the wider society. She engages with new and current external clients across all sectors to understand and support their needs.
Internally, she works with academics across all specialist areas and expertise and aligns their experience with the demands of external clients. Building on a career in management consultancy, Georgina has worked extensively in higher education across research, knowledge exchange, innovation and business engagement.
Our Business Development and Relationship Management Team
Matthew Burdge – Business Development & Relationship Manager - SCEBE
Matt is Business Development and Relationship Manager for the School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment (SCEBE).
Matt assists The School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment colleagues in the fields of engineering and mathematics, and the built environment to grow commercial networks, both nationally and internationally, for collaboration and provision of various Knowledge Exchange activities including CPD, consultancy, IP development, KTPs and many more. Overall, he is inspired by helping the University to engage with external organisations, grow our networks and share our knowledge.
Get in touch with Matt for any ideas on SCEBE related industry engagement opportunities – he is always happy to help!
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Cathy Higginson – Business Development & Relationship Manager - SCEBE
Cathy is responsible for supporting business engagement, stakeholder management and for growing knowledge exchange income for the School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment (SCEBE), with particular focus on cyber security and systems engineering; applied informatics; and computer science. Cathy’s work includes developing external partnerships for CPD courses, and supporting consultancy and commercialisation opportunities.
Get in touch with Cathy if you work within SCEBE on digital or cybersecurity projects and are looking to engage with businesses, develop CPD or do external consultancy work. The Business Engagement and Innovation Team are always keen to hear from you about project ideas or to assist you with finding external project partners.
Maggie Reid – Business Development & Relationship Manager - SAS & SHSC
Maggie is responsible for supporting the growth of the business engagement pipeline, stakeholder management and knowledge exchange income for the School of Applied Sciences (SAS) and the School of Health and Social Care (SHSC). This includes developing external partnerships for research collaborations, CPD courses, consultancy projects and commercialisation opportunities. She is keen to support impactful partnerships that deliver outstanding results for the university and society more widely.
Get in touch with Maggie if you have a knowledge exchange idea or project you would like to develop.
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Jane Ning – Business Development & Relationship Manager - TBS and SACI
Jane is responsible for supporting the growth of the business engagement pipeline, stakeholder management and knowledge exchange income for The Business School (TBS) and for the School of Arts and Creative Industries (SACI). This includes developing external partnerships for research collaborations, CPD courses, consultancy projects and commercialisation opportunities. She is keen to support impactful partnerships that contribute to the economic development and to the society.
Get in touch with Jane for business development enquiries relating to Knowledge Exchange or any IP enquiries linked with the TBS and SACI.