Beth Sowersby

Beth Sowersby

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Working within Research and Innovation services, my role involves supporting and facilitating collaborations with external partners and organisations in the areas of Creative, Digital and heritage. I work closely with the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the School of Computing Sciences. I support businesses on their innovation and growth journeys, whether that's by accessing academic talent through consultancy, contract or collaborative research, through training or accessesing graduate and student talent. My role involves finding routes to collaborationwhich can include sourcing funding opportunities and supporting funding applications. I aim to faciltate knowledge exchange opportunities, supporting academcis in developing real world impact for their research and businesses on their innovation journey and commercialisation of IP.

I moved into this role in January 2024 from a role as Innovation Advisor on Creative East, a DCMS fudnded investment readiness programme developed for creative industries businesses with potential for high growth. Previous to this, for the last few years I have held roles working at the intersction of industry and academia, having worked as Knowledge Exchange Fellow on the EIRA project at UEA, as Business Development Manager at University of Suffolk and Business Innovation Manager at Norwich University of the Arts. All these roles specialised in creative, digital, sustainability, culture and heritage. 

Before moving into High Education, I worked in the broadcast industry for many years as a TV proeduce in factual and entertainment for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky as well as numerous independant companies. I am a passionate supporter of the craetive indsuties and innovation. 

I also sit on the board of trustees for Norwich Film Festival.