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APPOINTMENTS Innovative role for Derby professor


The University of Derby has appointed Professor Warren Manning to the newly-established position of Provost – Innovation and Research to drive forward its strategic ambitions for research excellence, knowledge exchange and commercial and enterprise activities. Professor Manning joined the


University in January 2018 as Pro Vice-Chancellor Dean of the College of Engineering and Technology from De Montfort University where he was Pro Vice- Chancellor Dean for the Faculty of Business and Law. In his new role, Professor Manning


will provide leadership to further promote and embed an innovation and research culture aligned to the university’s strategy. He will build upon the progress the university has made towards achieving its ambitions around the Research Excellence Framework (REF), which accounts for the quality of university research, and the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF), which provides an indication of the university’s engagement with businesses and community. Professor Manning said: “I am


delighted to be moving into the role of Provost – Innovation and Research. The opportunity to take on the challenge of delivering excellence in innovation and research for the University of Derby is compelling. “Government commitment to


increase research spending to 2.4% of GDP by 2027, an additional


Professor Manning


Allison will drive the road freight council


Derbyshire-based logistics expert Allison Kemp is to take a leading role in the future of the sector after becoming the new chair of the Freight Transport Association’s Road Freight Council. The Managing Director of A.I.M


Commercial Services, based in Ripley, will now lead the national debate on some of the pressing issues around the industry such as driver shortages, road infrastructure and air quality. Commenting on her


appointment, Allison said: “I am really proud to have been elected Chair of FTA’s Road Freight Council. I believe I am only the second woman to hold the position in the organisation's long history. "The sector faces significant challenges in 2020 – not least the uncertainty around Brexit and


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ongoing driver shortages – but I remain passionate about helping people and getting things right. “I look forward to playing a part


in my role as Chair and am confident there will also be new opportunities for the sector.” Allison was considered the


perfect candidate to lead the national council. The move follows her winning Woman of the Year at the 2019 everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards and being recognised in FTA Logistics Magazine’s 20 for 20. Allison is Chair of FTA’s East Midlands Freight Council, a position she had held for more than eight years. The FTA is one of the largest business groups in the UK, supporting, shaping and standing up for the logistics sector, incorporating road, rail, sea and air.


£20bn, is based on great ideas born in universities and grown through businesses. This is a driver for universities to work much closer with businesses and organisations to deliver collaborative, applied research and knowledge exchange. “There are significant opportunities to work with local businesses here in Derby. We have made strong links with a number of companies through our regional development work, some of which have the ability and opportunity to become global. We aim to share our knowledge to support our partners to realise ambitions regionally and globally.” Professor Kathryn Mitchell DL,


Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, added: “At the University of Derby we encourage research excellence across all our disciplines and at all career stages, recognising the strong link between impactful research, enhanced student experience and influence in our region. The Provost – Innovation and Research role demonstrates the investment we are making in our staff and our research infrastructure to help us achieve this. “Warren brings a thorough and


wide-ranging knowledge of the Higher Education environment from his previous roles at Derby and other universities, with experience of driving transformation at a strategic level. I welcome his approach to working with industry and local partners to deliver high quality and in-depth innovation.”


Allison Kemp


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