Talking innovation with Birmingham City University

Posted on 8 November 2017 (Permalink)

What does your organisation do that is really innovative? 

Birmingham City University (BCU) has a strong ethic of interdisciplinary internal and external collaboration and research.  Real-world opportunities and challenges do not arrive in neatly categorised subject boxes, so we relate to our partners with accorded realism.  We also love to approach problem-solving by combining the unusual suspects. This is fundamental to our STEAM ethos - mixing Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths - so that arts, creativity and designing-centred thinking inform scientific enquiry and progress, and vice-versa.

The Institute for Health and Quality of Life (iHQL) is one of three ‘Innovation Institutes’ (the others being for Sustainable Futures and Creative Innovation) that enable partners from industry, public services and the Third Sector to access a multidisciplinary set of expertise at a single point of entry.  In short, we do the work in finding the people and teams of experts that you need.

What are the outcomes of this? 

We work with partners from industry, public services and the third sector to help them access the research and testing that they need to develop their products, services and evidence bases, and bring them to market.  We look for national and international funding streams that will support us to make this happen, chiming with the AHSN approach of ‘increasing health and wealth’ to citizens, businesses and health and quality of life-related services.

Why did your organisation decide to join WMAHSN's premium membership scheme?

BCU wants to work in collaboration with the WMAHSN to collaborate with regional partners and share intelligence about opportunities that put our expertise to good use.  We are a practice-based university, training many nursing and allied medical professionals and researching into many branches of the health sciences.  We’re passionate about developing professionals who make a difference to people’s lives, as well as developing clinical and community-based excellence in our research endeavours.  We are also excited about developing the success of health and wellbeing-related businesses, both large and small. So our relationship with the WMAHSN is a great fit