Region's industry elite join UWE ranks as first Business Fellows

Issue date: 01 December 2015

Forty senior industry leaders have become the University of the West of England's first Business Fellows in a move which will strengthen ties with the region's foremost organisations.

The exclusive network of business leaders will work closely with UWE's Faculty of Business and Law, sharing the latest thinking in areas such as leadership and management, enterprise and entrepreneurship.

The Business Fellows programme, developed in partnership with Business West's Initiative team, will see the leaders invited into the University to deliver guest lectures and mentor students.

Professor Steve West, UWE's Vice-Chancellor, welcomed the Business Fellows to the University at a launch event held last month.

He said: "At UWE Bristol our partnerships and networks add real value to our learning and working environment. Connecting with the local and regional economy, businesses and communities to advance knowledge, and to advance the health, sustainability and prosperity of our locality and region, is part of our core ambition.

"Through the UWE Bristol Business Fellows programme we hope to develop and help manage new ways of working with key business organisations such as the Initiative membership to help achieve their ambition and to support their growth."

James Durie, Chief Executive of the West of England Initiative at Business West, said: "Our Initiative members recognise that in an increasingly knowledge focused economy they need and want to find new ways of working with our universities.

"Access to their knowledge, resources and talent is of vital importance to them and we are delighted that through the new Business Fellows programme a first cohort of our members now has better access to be able to connect, partner and work with UWE Bristol.

"This is another great example of how the West of England Initiative at Business West and UWE Bristol are working closer together, developing strong links and which I believe will better position them to develop knowledge and networks, innovate and access talent and by so doing grow business and our economy. It also enables these business leaders to contribute back their experience and knowledge into UWE Bristol."

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