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Innovative academics selected for new Early Career Enterprise Fellowships

student recipients of the new Early Career Enterprise Fellowships (ECEF).

Top row, L-R: Elena Filllola Mayoral, James Uzzell, Kamirul Kamirul Middle: Jennifer Daniel, Nicholas Gray, Lingteng Kong Bottom: Rachel Hare, Grace Pearson, James Griffith

Press release issued: 28 May 2024

Ten ambitious academics have been named as the University of Bristol’s first cohort of Early Career Enterprise Fellowships (ECEF).

The ECEF award aims to support early career researchers to gain the skills necessary to make progress in commercialising University intellectual property, providing training, dedicated support and funds.

The new initiative has been spearheaded by Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor for Enterprise & Innovation Professor Michele Barbour, following the success of the University Enterprise Fellowships.

The first cohort of Early Career Enterprise Fellows includes an academics working in diverse fields such as artificial intelligence, medical education, composite manufacturing, and next-generation cameras.

The list of the 2023/24 ECEF Fellows includes:

- Kamirul Kamirul, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering: Commercialisation of an innovative AI system designed for detecting and identifying naval platforms in Synthetic Aperture Radar imagery

- Dr Grace Pearson, Bristol Medical School: As part of her PhD research in geriatric medicine, Grace has developed a series of clinical cases for ‘case-based learning’, which she hopes to make commercially available to other medical schools.

- James Uzzell, School of Civil, Aerospace and Design Engineering: James has developed a concept for a new dynamic induction coil for energy efficient composite manufacturing, and will develop a prototype to gain industry validation and produce a case from patenting.

- Lingteng Kong, School of Physics: Developing the next-generation camera for long-range detection of alpha emitters, which can significantly increase the efficiency and safety of radiation monitoring.

- Rachel Hare, Department of English: Working with Dr Lucy Selman and Lesel Dawson to move towards establishing the Good Grief Festival as a Community Interest Company.

- Jennifer Daniel, School of Education: Collaborating with Dr Lucy Kelly on The Diary Toolkit initiative.

- Nicholas Gray, School of Education: Developing product called Tabletop Travels, a box containing sensory experiences that transports the recipient to exotic places. Aimed at older adults who may be unable to travel themselves.

- Elena Filllola Mayoral, School of Engineering Mathematics and Technology: Using AI to speed up the reporting and validation of greenhouse gas emissions, and exploring how this technology can be implemented operationally on a global scale.

- James Griffith, School of Civil, Aerospace and Design Engineering: Developing a new high-quality demonstrator panel to take forward for testing with a view to commercialization.

Professor Michele Barbour said: “I am delighted to be able to announce the first cohort of Early Career Enterprise Fellowships at the University of Bristol.

“The University is a forward-thinking institution that is committed to supporting academics with ambitions to commercialise their research.

“We have some amazing researchers and brilliant projects among this first cohort, and I am excited to see how their projects develop from here.”

The Early Career Enterprise Fellows will feature at the University of Bristol Festival of Enterprise which is taking place on the 20th June and will celebrate and share the work of the ECEFs alongside our established University Enterprise Fellows.

Further information for University staff can be found on Develop; for external people interested to learn more about the work of our Enterprise Fellows please contact @PA to APVC Enterprise and Innovation Mailbox

In September 2023, the University also announced four new Enterprise Fellows who are using their Fellowships to explore commercialisation of their research outputs and build new networks with industry and investors.

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