Exist Insight ISSUE02

Breakfast Briefing on Innovation Exeter

Written: 01 June 2016

INVITATION - Breakfast Briefing on Innovation Exeter

08:30 – 10:30, Thursday July 14, Exeter Science Park Centre


To establish the Exeter City Region as one of the UK`s leading knowledge economies, attracting significant investment, creating sustainable high quality employment, raising both skills and income levels for the benefit of its residents and businesses. - Innovation Exeter Vision

Innovation Exeter is a programme being developed by a partnership of key players in the region with a common goal to drive business growth and create higher paid employment through innovation, developing existing and potential business clusters. It builds on the area`s strengths including the knowledge economy in environment, data science and health and education/training creating a culture where skills development and their application is core. Innovation Exeter will also aim to improve the working and living environment to support transformational growth and raise productivity. With the support of business, investors and Government, the resulting benefits can be accelerated and have a wider impact.


Innovation Exeter is involved in a number of NEW inter-related programmes and this is your chance to learn and to share your knowledge with us. As well as the local authorities the partners include the University of Exeter, Exeter College, Met Office and Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation NHS Trust. Key initiatives already in development include:

  • •                    The Exeter Centre for Data Science is being developed as a central hub for development and application of data analytics within the University. 
  • •                    The Institute for Complexity Analytics, Risk and Resilience (I-CARR) combining modelling and analysis for global environmental systems, tipping points, city and regional scale analytics, data science and modelling for environmental resilience, risk and insurance.
  • •                    Met Lab, facilitating access to environmental data, particularly via open source software / share tools;  and bring experts together to better understand and exploit the commercial application of meteorological data.
  • •                    The development and implementation of a series of Skills Escalators to meet the current and future needs of business.
  • •                    Environmental Hub to promote collaboration and innovation based on the world class expertise, knowledge and data held by the University and Met Office.
  • •                    Institute of Technology serving the wider area but based in Exeter which would make a real difference to attainment and the supply of relevant key skills.
  • •                    Scaling up of business start-up, commercialisation and growth support for knowledge based businesses is also a priority including a new specialist investment fund.
  • •                    Science Park Grow-on Space to accommodate new and existing knowledge and research based businesses.


The total impact of these investments over the next 5 years is estimated at £300m, equivalent to an uplift of over 7% on Exeter’s 2014 GVA (a measure of productivity).


INNOVATION EXETER is a new initiative which intends to make a major impact on the jobs and economy of the Exeter region. This is your opportunity to listen to and to respond to some of the key people driving the initiative. It is also your opportunity to hear about how the programmes are progressing and the impacts they intend to make.


08:00     Complementary tea, coffee and breakfast*

08:30     Introduction to Innovation Exeter

Karime Hassan (Chief Executive and Growth Director, Exeter City Council) and

Professor Mark Goodwin (Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Innovation and External Engagement at the University of Exeter)

08:50     Business Opportunities and Employment Trends in Data Analytics

Bob Clift (The Tech Partnership)

09:10     Emerging Skills Issues in Data Analytics (including the results of a local employer consultation)

Hilary Stevens (Employment Analyst, Marchmont Observatory, University of Exeter)

09:30     Examples of Innovation Exeter’s ongoing work

  1. a.       The Data Analytics Skills Escalator

Jenny Leach (Director of Innovation, Exeter College)

Ben Neild (Assistant Director Marchmont Observatory, University of Exeter)

  1. b.      The University of Exeter’s New Data Analytics Degree Apprenticeship

Rebecca Adams (Senior Impact and Partnership Development Manager, University of Exeter)

  1. c.       Big Data/Environmental Futures Impact Lab

Chris Evans (Director of Regional Impact, University of Exeter)

10:15     Plenary discussion and questions to panel

10:30     Close

Complementary tea, coffee and breakfast* are available from 08:00.

Register by emailing Research-Events@exeter.ac.uk and citing ‘Innovation Exeter Briefing’

*Bacon sandwiches (vegetarian option of cheese and tomato available on request)