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Clare Keegan

Business Development & Apprenticeships Manager

My Business Development Role is aimed at managing collaborative and commercial relationships, strengthening Harper Adams University’s links and opportunities with regional, national and international businesses and other activities to support the growth and increase the diversity of students and apprentices. 

I have worked in Higher Education for the past 14 years, although I left for a short while to set up and manage Apprenticeships for Large Retailers and to develop a sales team in the Digital Ceramics Industry. I have also worked across Food and Drink Manufacturing developing skills and training programmes.

My last two years in HE has been focused on the development of new degree apprenticeships and Employer links, including the operational aspects of contracting, funding and delivery for large and small employers. Harper Adams University is now a fully approved apprenticeship provider.

I have previously developed projects in knowledge exchange and enterprise, including Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), Growth Fund and Innovate UK.

I network with Partners across the West Midlands and national business/skills committees, LEPs, Chambers of Commerce and subject specific organisations. I represent Food and Drink and Agri -Tech on the Telford Business Board. I am supporting Telford and Wrekin Council to attract business to the Newport Innovation Park (Ni-Park 2021).

I contribute to bids for additional funds related to business and enterprise development such as the Catalyst Fund, Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF), European Social Investment Fund (ESIF) and the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Regional Growth fund. I have written many enterpris and innovation award nominations for Business including the Queens Awards. 

I am currently working on a new Benchmarking Project to benchmark productivity for companies who employ apprentices.

Department: Academic Services

Tel: 07966 290389 or 01952 815054

Twitter: @clarekkeegan @HAUapprentices

Office: Agri Epi Building, Off Flatt Road.

Additional Information

My role At Harper is to:

  • manage the development of degree apprenticeships and associated links, including the operational aspects of funding and delivery.
  • develop business linked activity in knowledge exchange and enterprise, including new Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), consultancies, training courses, summer schools, business forums and events.
  • represent the University at West Midlands and national business/skills committees, events and meetings as appropriate.
  • pursue bids for additional monies related to business and enterprise development from funds such as the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF), European Social Investment Fund (ESIF) and the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
  • promote the University in the wider business community (home and overseas) as a hub for applied research and business development.
  • work with the Short Courses Office as the hub for administration and operational expertise in running events and training courses.
  • be closely engaged with the industries, professions and organisations that comprise the global agri-food chain and the UK rural economy and to promote Harper Adams as a responsible and business engaged institution.
  • liaise with academic staff (and appropriate students) to seek out opportunities to strengthen external collaborations utilising their research and expertise.
  • manage collaborative and commercial relationships, project managing and monitoring the opportunities and ensuring objectives are met.
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