James Gazzard

James Gazzard


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Jim Gazzard was appointed as Professor of Workforce Futures in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMH) at UEA in April 2012.  Since July 2012 he has also acted as Associate Dean for Enterprise and Postgraduate Taught Programmes in FMH.  Jim’s role focuses on working to strategically align UEA’s innovative programme of lifelong learning for healthcare professionals with the rapidly changing demands of healthcare providers including the NHS, social enterprises and for-profit providers in the East of England, nationally and internationally.  He is the academic lead for the newly formed FMH Workforce Hub.  He sits on bodies including UEA’s Enterprise Executive, the Norfolk and Suffolk Dementia Alliance and Health Education East of England’s Executive Group. 

Prior to joining UEA Jim held a joint business development and lectureship role at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), University of London from 2007 to 2012 where he led the cross-campus science and veterinary entrepreneurship programme.  The programme encompassed undergraduate and postgraduate life science and veterinary students, and sought to work closely with biomedical companies based at RVC’s London BioScience Innovation Centre (LBIC) and leading veterinary organisations.  He led the ORBIS and BRIO early career bio-internship training programmes as well as creating the experiential and industry-facing Innovets and BioPioneer initiatives.  He has previously chaired Cogent’s (Sector Skills Council) bioscience industrial placements group. 

From 2006 to 2007 Jim was a Principal Scientist at GlaxoSmithKline Plc focusing on the skills development of drug development scientists in the UK and US.  From 2005 to 2006 he was based at Cranfield School of Management where he worked as an ESRC Research Fellow conducting a systematic review on the high performance team literature.  From 2000 Jim spent five years as a Technology Transfer Manager at Medical Research Council Technology (MRCT) where he supported the identification, protection and commercialisation of novel intellectual property emerging from Medical Research Council institutes and centres. 

Jim holds a degree in genetics (Cardiff, 1997), a PhD in the genetics of hearing loss (Nottingham, 2001 [MRC Institute of Hearing Research]), a MBA in entrepreneurship (Stirling, 2007) and a postgraduate certificate in higher education (London, 2011 [RVC]).  He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


You can follow Jim on – 

Twitter: @vetnovation

Word Press: jamesgazzard.wordpress.com

LinkedIn: uk.linkedin.com/pub/jim-gazzard/12/702/911/

Key Research Interests and Expertise

My research activities are focused at the interface of higher education and the health, veterinary and life sciences workplaces.

In particular I am interested in how pre- and post-registration healthcare professionals and biomedical scientists can be supported to become more innovative, enterprising, entrepreneurial and employable: 

  • Evidence-based development of enterprise education for undergraduate, postgraduate and post-experience healthcare practitioners and scientists
  • Social enterprises led by clinicians
  • Innovative work-based and work-relevant training programmes (particularly job rotation), novel approaches to lifelong learning
  • Early career graduate technology-based enterprise creation
  • Technology company formation in the life sciences and healthcare

I am interested in supervising Masters dissertations, MBA projects and PhDs in the above fields.  Please contact me for an informal discussion.

Selected Publications: 

  1. L Pittaway, T Williamson, J Gazzard, A Shore. Entrepreneurial learning through experience:  The hidden role of student clubs in management education. 2013; in review
  2. K Walsh, H Levin, P  Jaye, J Gazzard. Cost analyses approaches in medical education: there are no simple solutions. Medical Education 2013; in press
  3. E Bachynsky, V Dale, T Kinnison, J Gazzard, S Baillie.  A survey of the opinions of recent veterinary graduates and employers regarding early career business skills.  Veterinary Record, 2013, (172): 604
  4. J Gazzard, S A Brown.  Revenue Sharing at United Kingdom Universities.  Industry and Higher Education, 2012, (26): 21-29
  5. J Gazzard.  Developing Graduate Skills for the Commercial Life Science Sector:  Experiences from the ORBIS Internship Programme.  Journal of Commercial Biotechnology, 2011, (17):135-150
  6. J Gazzard, C Boyle.  In Search of Better Job Satisfaction.  In Practice (Veterinary Record). 2010; (32): 118-121
  7. J Gazzard, S Chaudry, C Baldock, J Dixon, M Rock, G Skinner, K Steel, C Kielty, M Dixon.  Mutation of the gene encoding fibrillin-2 results in syndactyly in mice.  Human Molecular Genetics. 2001; (8):835-43
  8. M Dixon, J Gazzard, S Chaudry, N Sampson, B Schulte, K Steel,  Mutation of the Na-K-Cl co-transporter gene Slc12a2 results in deafness in mice.  Human Molecular Genetics. 1999; (8):1579-84

Teaching Interests

I have designed, developed and delivered a wide range of programmes in the following fields:

  • Introductory and Advanced enterprise courses for scientists and clinicians at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  • Experiential enterprise programmes for clinicians, focused on exploring real-time business challenges
  • Entrepreneurship ‘boot camps’ for aspiring entrepreneurs
  • Employability programmes for undergraduate and postgraduate scientists and clinicians
  • Work-based learning programmes for industrial placements in the bio-industries

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure