Meet the RED Team: Stephen Bourner, Strategic Projects Development Manager

Stephen BournerHello, I’m Stephen Bourner and I have recently been appointed to RED as Strategic Projects Development Manager.

I have many years’ experience in the regeneration and economic development sectors, in the project management of EU-funded projects and in providing technical assistance for the bidding process and running of projects, including within the HE sector. My last major role, prior to coming to Canterbury Christ Church University, was in providing project management for a lead partner, the Institute for Sustainability, in major transnational, multi-partner, Interreg-funded projects.

The main purpose of my new role is to develop, manage and co-ordinate projects that can secure funding and drive forward the University’s strategic aspirations.

This is very much an ‘outward-facing’ role. I am aiming to increase the university’s contribution to regional and local economic growth through transformative, strategic collaborations with a range of external organisations, stakeholders and policy-makers.

Key to this is to identify, bring together, and catalyse cross-institutional teams, to work with external partners, develop strategic project ideas and proposals and to put together funding applications to secure external financing and external stakeholder investment.

If you have any questions or need advice on any aspect of strategic project development, please contact me

About CCCU Research Development

Research Development (RD) is part of the Department of Enterprise, Employability and Research Development. RD is responsible for ensuring that Research and Enterprise is of the highest quality and meets all required internal and external standards, including managing the institutional submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF). RD leads on development and implementation of the institutional research and enterprise integrity policies, processes and best practice. It also hosts the institutional Staff Researcher Development Programme and the Early Career Researcher Programme SPARC, and is responsible for the annual Research Internship programme. RD provides strategic and targeted support for academic staff to seek and secure funding for their research and innovation activities. This includes identification of core funding opportunities and support for proposal development, alongside strategic advice and support for faculties to develop their research portfolio and capacity.

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