Innovation Champions

The OUI Innovation Champions programme

The team here at OUI announced the launch across the University of an Innovation Champions trial scheme in 2018. The programme started as a pilot, and progress will be reviewed after the first year. If successful, we will expand the number and reach of the Champions, including to more departments. We anticipate working with divisional and departmental colleagues to determine how best the scheme could support their specific activities and needs. Initially focused on OUI-related activities, we hope it may provide an opportunity to raise awareness of other parts of the University’s innovation ecosystem, and contribute to the further development of a culture of innovation.

A full list of OUI Innovation Champions can be found below.

The role of OUI Innovation Champions

Innovation Champions will help improve the landscape for innovation and entrepreneurial activities in their departments. It is expected that their precise role will vary between divisions and potentially departments, depending on the types of activities most likely to arise from each. While some inherent flexibility is therefore necessary, the following core components will be common to all:

  • Innovation Champions all have first hand experience of OUI services and act as a first point of contact for colleagues interested in commercialising their ideas or expertise, or developing links with industry, whether through consulting or research collaboration.
  • They provide initial advice and mentoring to their colleagues (of all levels of seniority, including students) and are responsible for ensuring their colleagues understand who to contact in OUI when they have an enquiry.
  • They are a valuable interface between the departmental staff and colleagues in OUI.
  • They are recognised as having a distinct and valued role in inculcating a vibrant entrepreneurial and innovative culture in their department.

The Innovation Champions are invited to termly meetings to share experiences, best practice and learn more about the various routes to creation of impact from research through commercialisation or social enterprise. They will also be invited to various other events and seminars through the year where they will meet colleagues connected to the innovation ecosystem in diverse ways, and the champions themselves will also form a valuable support network for each other.

If your department does not currently have an OUI Innovation Champion and you would be interested in appointing one, please contact Dr Fiona Story at OUI to discuss further.


Dr Oliver Cox

Heritage Engagement Fellow, Faculty of History & TORCH

Prof Kirsten Shepard-Barr

Professor of English and Theatre Studies, Faculty of English & TORCH

Victoria McGuinness

TORCH Business Manager, TORCH (Humanities)

Dr Holly Reeve

Research Project Manager, Chemistry

Dr Jean-Charles Buffet

Deputy Director SCG-Oxford Centre of Excellence in Chemistry (CoE), Chemistry

Dr Jürgen Brem

Junior Research Fellow, Chemistry

Dr Michael Booth

Royal Society University Research Fellow, Chemistry

Prof Peter Ireland

Chair in Turbomachinery, Engineering

Dr Ian Griffiths

Royal Society University Research Fellow, Mathematical Institute

Marcela Mendoza-Suárez

DPhil Candidate, Plant Sciences

Dr Craig Thompson

Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Zoology

Dr Phillip Tait

Innovation and Enterprise Manager, Physics

Dr Claire Marks

Research Software Engineer, Statistics

Dr Oliver Sampson

Industry Liaison Administrator, Computer Science

Dr Carlos Vargas-Silva

Associate Professor and Senior Researcher, Anthropology

Dr Thibaut Devièse

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Archaeology

Dr Phi Ahn Phan

Research Fellow, Clinical Neurosciences

Dr Susannah Murphy

Senior Research Fellow, Psychiatry

Dr Teresa Lambe

PI/Senior Scientist, Nuffield Department of Medicine

Dr James Cantley

Group Leader and RD Lawrence Fellow, Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics

Dr Michael Moss

Alumni Careers Programme Manager, The Careers Service


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