UWE attracts leading figure to employer and innovation role

Issue date: 25 April 2006

Professor Stephen Hagen The University of the West of England has appointed Professor Stephen Hagen as Director of the Centre for Research, Innovation and Graduate Studies.

Professor Hagen is currently Director of the Mercia Institute of Enterprise at the University of Warwick. Mercia Institute of Enterprise is the Science Enterprise Centre for the West Midlands specialising in enterprise creation, technology transfer and enterprise education.

Professor Hagen has extensive leadership experience in the field of university links with business, entrepreneurship and innovation in universities. He also has experience of working in business both as a director of Warwick's four successful trading companies, as well as founding two start-up businesses himself. In addition Professor Hagen is an expert in the role of foreign languages in business, having published a number of studies in this field and acting as a government advisor to DTI, TPUK and UKTI for the National Languages for Export Campaign (1993-2004).

Professor Hagen's appointment is welcomed by Deputy Vice-Chancellor John Rushforth, “UWE's links with employers are hugely important to the delivery of our mission. The University already has a well developed network of links with business and the community of the West of England. Professor Hagen's extensive experience as one of the country's leading enterprise practitioners will help us to further enhance this area. We are delighted that Stephen Hagen has accepted this key post.”

The Centre for Research, Innovation and Graduate Studies (CRIGS) provides support for UWE's knowledge transfer activities ranging from student placements to blue skies research.

Professor Hagen, who will take up his post in September, was born at Southmead Hospital in Bristol and lived with his family in Filton Avenue before moving to Birmingham when still a child.

Professor Hagen, says he is pleased to be joining UWE and moving back to his roots in Bristol, “I am delighted to be taking up this exciting post at UWE, where there is tremendous potential for building on UWE's already successful links with business. I firmly believe that when universities work closely with business and the community there is a massive boost to the local and regional economy.

“UWE has a strong record in developing professional degree programmes with an emphasis on business and community needs and I plan to build on this tradition and expand on UWE's existing success in Knowledge Transfer activities in close partnership with local and regional business and public sector organisations. I would like to see UWE providing a wide range of on-demand services to business and the community in Bristol and the South West and to be the first point of contact whenever specialist knowledge or higher skills are needed in the workplace. I am particularly happy to be returning to Bristol, my birthplace.”


Editors notes:

Full biography for Professor Hagen can be seen at: http://www.merciainstitute.com/miedirector/

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