Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Sheffield.

Digital expert Dr Ceri Batchelder will be Entrepreneur in Residence in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health in the University of Sheffield and will work also across the Faculty of Engineering to boost the impact of digital technologies on the University of Sheffield’s research and student training, especially in relation to the Internet of Things.

Ceri has long­standing links with the University of Sheffield, but will now be funded to spend 20 per cent of her working time in residence over the next two years, sharing her expertise and incentivising the next generation of entrepreneurial students and staff.

Dr Batchelder said “I’m delighted to have been recognised as a Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Sheffield. I aim to strengthen links between the power of digital – such as connected devices (making up the Internet of Things), software development, big data analysis, artificial intelligence, robotics and augmented and virtual reality – and the brain power of University students and academics, to enable further cutting-edge research, innovation and spin-out creation as well as industry engagement.”

Dr Batchelder’s goal is to accelerate exciting opportunities involving digital technologies within teaching and research activities, including the Sheffield Engineering Leadership Academy (SELA) and the Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH) in particular.

Dr Batchelder is among 19 enterprising business people appointed as the Royal Society’s first ever cohort of Entrepreneurs in Residence.

They met HRH Prince Andrew, The Duke of York KG FRS at an event at the Royal Society in London earlier this year in March.

The aim of the Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence scheme is to support UK universities in translating their world­leading research into new businesses and commercial products.

Professor Richard Ross, an academic clinician in endocrinology with a track record of innovation and company formation including Diurnal, an AIM listed University of Sheffield spin-out company, said “We are delighted that Ceri has been appointed as a Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence to The University of Sheffield. She brings with her extensive experience of working between science and industry. She will join active and enthusiastic knowledge exchange and commercialisation staff based in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health, the Sheffield Healthcare Gateway, and across the University. I am sure the interaction between Ceri, the Gateway staff and academics will be highly successful in promoting knowledge exchange, progressing translational research projects to market and developing our work with companies to address the Industrial Strategy Challenge and Life Science Sector Deal.”

Dr Susan Smith, Lead Business Manager of the Sheffield Healthcare Gateway, who recognised the scheme as a good fit with the University’s ambitions and supported the application process, said “The Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence scheme represents an excellent opportunity to increase the knowledge and awareness in the University of Sheffield of cutting-edge industrial science, research and innovation among students, academics and professional staff supporting knowledge exchange and commercialisation. Working with University of Sheffield staff, Ceri’s experience, expertise and knowledge will be hugely beneficial in enhancing an active entrepreneurial culture and further developing curricula that produce industry-ready graduates.”