Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Business Engagement, UWE
Professor Martin Boddy’s appointment to his current role signaled the University’s strong commitment to partnership and collaboration with business and employers in the Bristol region, the South West and beyond. The intention has been to work closely with businesses and employers and colleagues across the University to help respond to the demands and needs of businesses and the region and to link young people and graduates to employment opportunities and career development. The role includes a focus on professional development and the skills needed in the region, new opportunities for collaboration in research and consultancy, ensuring that our taught programmes and graduates meet the future needs of employers – and that our graduates have the skills and aptitudes which employers are looking for. Martin graduated from Cambridge with a first class degree and a PhD in economic geography. He worked for many years at the University of Bristol, with shorter periods of time in Australia and Canada, before joining UWE, Bristol in 2002. At UWE, previous roles have included Executive Dean of the Faculty of Environment and Technology and prior to that, Dean of the Faculty of the Built Environment – in both, he also led on Research and Consultancy. He led the development of the recently opened University Enterprise Zone at UWE’s Frenchay campus supporting business start-ups and incubation alongside d fast growth high tech companies in Future Space. Martin draws on his extensive links with business and business organisations in the Bristol region and the South West. He was an economic advisor to the South West Regional Development Agency and has more recently worked with the LEP and with Business West providing advice and expertise on the economy, innovation and the labour market. He has a national and international reputation for his research and extensive published work on regional economics, skills and labour markets and regional development – which has included a particular focus on Bristol and the south west and other successful growth regions.