Brussels office unveiled by University

Katrina Johnson, representing The British Embassy, and a speech from Anthea McIntyre MEP, Member of the European Parliament for the West MidlandsThe office’s unveiling was marked in a ceremony held at the British Residence in Brussels on September 16, entitled ‘Brussels Launch, Research and Business Growth Event’.

The event included a welcome address from Katrina Johnson, representing The British Embassy, and a speech from Anthea McIntyre MEP, Member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands.

And earlier this month, the office was visited by Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East and new Shadow Housing Minister.

The office will ensure that the University is at the centre of political decision making at the home of the European Union (EU), as well as providing opportunities for collaborations with other European academic institutions and businesses in regards to research, knowledge transfer and skills development.

This will allow the University to build new partnerships with scientific or industrial projects and firms, and bid directly for EU funding to support new, innovative developments.

The office will also give the University a chance to forge a network of contacts throughout the EU.

Senior figures from the University at the event included Professor Ian Oakes, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and External Engagement, and Professor John Darling, Dean of Research.

Speaking about the launch, Professor Ian Oakes said: “Research is at the heart of everything we do here at the University, and the introduction of this office stresses our commitment to this area.

“Brussels is the principal centre for European activity and so we’re delighted to open this office. I’m looking forward to it becoming a key factor in the University’s growth in the years ahead.”

Janette Gilder, Director of the Project Support Office at the University, said: “This office is one of the most significant steps taken by the institution in terms of collaboration with businesses throughout Europe.

“Forming excellent business opportunities is something the University is committed to doing and we look forward to this office facilitating more of these opportunities in the future.”

Speaking after her visit, Emma Reynolds MP said: “I was delighted to visit the new University of Wolverhampton office in Brussels. This is a great initiative that shows the university’s commitment to being a research leader.

"This new office will help the university to collaborate with academic institutions and businesses across Europe, sharing expertise and skills.”

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Picture (L-R): Emma Reynolds MP with Tatiana Panteli, European Business and Research Development Manager

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Date Issued: Tuesday 15 October 2013

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