Swansea University has enjoyed tremendous growth, and achieved their ambition of being a top 30 research-led university in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework league table (REF2014). Established in 1920 the University community thrives on exploration and discovery, and offers the right balance of excellent teaching and research, matched by an enviable quality of life.
Contributing to Swansea University’s achievements, Swansea University Medical School has come a long way in a relatively short space of time. In 2001 it established its Clinical School and is now consistently ranked as a top 10 UK Medical School, also ranking 2nd for overall research and 1st in the UK for Research Environment (REF2014).
The BUCANIER project is within Swansea University Medical School’s Institute of Life Science 2, a unique research and collaboration facility that brings together expertise in laboratory-based biomedical research, public health, population sciences, informatics, and industry, ensuring real world clinical impact.
Dr Fern Davies
Dr Fern Davies is the BUCANIER Support Officer for Swansea University Institute of Life Science (ILS). Her main role is looking after the Swansea area of operations for BUCANIER, this is to increase the innovation capacity within SMEs and social enterprises via collaborative efforts. Swansea University ILS is dedicated to creating an environment where the boundaries of academia, industry, health service and other actors innovate together. Fern has a background in academia and has worked in collaboration with SMEs and supporting bodies. She is near completion of a doctorate in business strategy, specifically SMEs in Wales.
Dr Gareth Davies
Dr Gareth Davies is an Associate Professor in Swansea University’s School of Management. He graduated with a Masters in Engineering from Swansea University, also gaining a Maîtrise in Innovation from the University of Angers in France. This led to his doctoral study, researching innovation models in south west Wales.
His work involves research and teaching in the fields of Innovation Management and Regional Economic Development, with practitioner activity in a range of major initiatives. These include supporting the development of the Swansea Bay City Region City Deal and integrated pan-Wales initiatives for technology transfer and healthcare innovation commercialisation.
He has also worked on projects around the world to develop science park and technology transfer models. Recently this work has included Interreg-funded Atlantic Arc activity to develop the concept of applying knowledge networks for innovation, which is now being adapted for use in a number of sectors. Alongside his academic role, he has also been responsible for the Enterprise & Innovation team at the Institute of Life Science, along with the RE&I workstream of the ARCH initiative.