How UMIP Works With Other University Offices
UMIP and the Research Office
The Research Office handles all research contracts and, through the close working relationship that exists between the staff of the two organisations, UMIP becomes involved in those where there is the potential for exploitation of intellectual property. This co-operation maintains consistency in policies and approach and allows effective management of the University’s IP.
The Research Office
The University of Manchester
Head of the Research Office and Business Engagement Services – Dr Andrew Walsh
Head of the Contracts Team – Lisa Murphy
UMIP and the Manchester Enterprise Centre (MEC)
Launched in 2000 with funding from the Government’s Science Enterprise Challenge Fund, MEC is based within Manchester Business School at The University of Manchester.
MEC’s principle role is to foster enterprise amongst the student population at the University. It provides enterprise degree programmes with units being available from first year undergraduate to doctoral, as well as training programmes and workshops
Students are given the support to help make their own ideas a reality and those ideas that have real business potential can enter the business creation facilities available to become new companies creating wealth for the region.
MEC business creation activities have successfully launched over 30 new companies in the last five years based on innovations from its students.
UMIP and MEC complement each other well, with UMIP providing commercialisation support for the research output from the University, vs. MEC’s focus on students.
UMIP and the University Business Engagement Team
The University has a number of Business Development Managers whose principal role is to strategically market the research capability of the University to industry, mainly to large internationally renowned blue chip companies.
This activity works well alongside UMIP. If UMIP is talking to a company about technology licensing it can provide a lead in for a Business Development Manager to also talk to the same company about research work. The same also works in reverse.
Head of Business Engagement Services – Dr Kris Matykiewicz