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​Our Business Engagement Team


​Our Business Engagement Team are always keen to hear from you about project ideas or to assist you with finding external project partners. Please find below further information about each of the team members and how they might offer support and guidance to assist you in transforming your ideas into reality. 


Read more about the Business and Innovation Hub on the main Napier website >​


Fio​na 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.

Email: f.mason@napier.ac.uk | ext 3357 | Mobile: 07747758703



Matthew Burdge – ​Head of CPD & Consultancy / Business Development & Relationship Manager - TBS

Matt Burdge.jpgMatt has a dual role leading CPD and Consultancy at the University and undertaking the role of Business Development and Relationship Manager for The Business School (TBS). 


Matt is responsible for the development of a University wide strategy for the growth of CPD and Consultancy projects and income - looking to identify areas of strength and opportunity linked to market and sectoral demand to support the University’s ambitions. Matt assists The Business School colleagues 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 CPD and Consultancy or any TBS related industry engagement opportunities – he is always happy to help!

Email: m.burdge@napier.ac.uk | Ext: 4430 | Mobile: 07834808440​



Cathy Higginson – Business Development​ & Relationship Manager - SCEBE, SACI 

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). She also supports projects within the School of Arts and Creative Industries (SACI). 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 or in SACI 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.

Email: C.Higginson@napier.ac.uk​ ​​​




Maggie Reid – Business Development & Relationship Manager - SAS & SHSC

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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.  

Email: m.reid@napier.ac.uk | Ext: 2778 | Mobile: 07708509805

 

Jane Ning – Business Development & Relationship Manager - SCEBE


Jane is responsible for supporting the growth of the business engagement pipeline, stakeholder management and knowledge exchange income for the School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment. She also supports School of Art and Creative Industry. 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 SCEBE and SACI.

Email: J.Ning@napier.ac.uk



 
 

Georgina Jamieson – Head of CPD and Consultancy (currently on mat leave)

Georgina is responsible for the institutional strategic development and growth of continuous 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. Georgina also manages the generation of new business relationships and the ongoing fostering and cultivation of existing stakeholders for the University’s world leading Business School. Building on a career in management consultancy, Georgina has worked extensively in higher education across research, knowledge exchange, innovation and business engagement.

 

Georgina is currently on maternity leave. 

For enquiries about CPD and Consultancy in the interim, please contact Matt Burdge:

 m.burdge@napier.ac.uk | Ext: 4430 | Mobile: 07834808440

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