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Partnerships and Enterprise Committee

Terms of reference

  1. To advise the University Senate and Executive Board (the Board) on all matters relating to the Knowledge Exchange (KE) Strategy of the University, including development of the Strategy and supporting the Vice-Chancellor, the Board and the Pro-Vice-Chancellors in driving it forward.
  2. To identify priority areas for partnerships and enterprise and to champion and promote excellence across all areas of such activity.
  3. To develop, promote and monitor policies and practices to stimulate programmes in the agreed areas, in collaboration with the University Research and Teaching Committees.
  4. To set internal policy and monitor progress for non-research and partnership activity and external KE assessment (KEF).
  5. To advise the Board and Planning Committee on appropriate organisational structures for partnerships and enterprise.
  6. To set strategic objectives for the HEIF allocation process, ensuring appropriate alignment of resource allocation with KE strategy and monitoring the spend of the HEIF budget over the year.
  7. To support the University in its engagement with key external stakeholders relating to non-research partnerships and enterprise, including business, industry, government, cultural institutions, philanthropy and alumni.
  8. To provide strategic oversight of commercialisation of intellectual property (IP) and consultancy.
  9. To set and monitor targets for the KE performance of the institution and departments in terms of quality and financial sustainability (i.e. generation of KE-related income) drawing on national and international benchmarking data.
  10. To monitor and where possible influence the development of KE policy and strategy of key national and international agencies in the interests of the University (e.g. UKRI, regional and national governments, Local Enterprise Partnerships etc).
  11. To evaluate opportunities for strategic partnership development in the areas of continuing professional development, economic development and apprenticeships at institutional and departmental level and to offer advice on the University’s bids for funding in line with the KE Strategy.
  12. To consider institution-wide issues and appropriate institutional responses relating to both externally funded and unfunded enterprise programmes and initiatives.
  13. To promote and monitor the commercialisation of research and knowledge transfer, including business partnerships, technology licences, spin-out companies and consultancies. 
  14. To foster in partners opportunities for employment of York's graduates.
  15. To provide strategic oversight of key relationships with local and regional partners, including City of York Council and Local Enterprise Partnerships.
  16. To provide oversight of the risk appetite and profile within the area of partnerships and enterprise and recommend to the University Senate and Board any mitigating actions.
  17. To maintain a register of institutional partnerships.


Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research (Chair) Prof Debbie  Smith
Head of External Relations Joan Concannon
Director of Research & Enterprise Dr David McBeth
Director of the Office of Philanthropic Partnerships and Alumni (OPPA) Mary Haworth
Director of Careers Tom Banham
Dean of the Faculty of Sciences Prof Brian Fulton
Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities Prof Ambrose Field
Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences Prof Stuart Bell
Academic representative from Science Faculty Prof Anders Drachen
Department of Computer Science
Academic representative from Arts & Humanities Faculty

Dr Hannah Greig
Department of History

Academic representative from Social Sciences Faculty Prof Karen Mumford
Department of Economics
Representative of Research & Enterprise Amanda Selvaratnam
Head of Enterprise Services

Representative from Planning

Rebekah Desport
Director of Planning

Representative from Finance

Jeremy Lindley
Director of Finance
Representative from YUSU Samara Jones
Representative from GSA Sahrish Shafi
Secretary Sam Gardner

Agendas and minutes


All sub-groups are chaired by a member of the main P&E Committee, with members taken from the committee and/or other areas of the University if appropriate.

HEIF Allocation Group: To oversee the process of HEIF allocation, including monitoring spend and performance against agreed objectives.

Business Engagement Forum: to identify business development opportunities, especially for “cross-selling” our offerings, working towards more structured relationships with some organisations, and to identify and progress new initiatives in support of this activity.