Knowledge Transfer innovation Event

23rd of November

We innovate through collaboration

Reaseheath’s Innovation, research and development showcase event attracted over 50 delegates which included students, research staff and industry representatives who were keen to find out more about the benefits of collaboration of skills and resources available through the Higher Education department and current projects.

Rachel Ellis-Jones, Assistant Principle & Dean of the Higher Education, opened the evening’s session and highlighted that Reaseheath College’s close relationship with University of Chester (UoC) enables a range of innovation and applied research projects, which are at various stages along the innovation development line, from first idea to commercial launch. Sectors we are currently supporting with UoC include the food supply chain, functional foods linked to health, environmental sciences, natural flood management and the built environment to mention a few.

Rachel finished by highlighting that Brexit will present many challenges for education and companies alike, but it will also provide opportunity.  Without EU funding to support employers and colleges, we will need to find innovations and effective ways to work together to get new ideas, products and technologies to market.

The opening presentation, ‘What is Innovation’ by Simon Burgess (European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Business Development Advisor) took attendees through the ‘Nine stages of Innovation’ (view below). Simon stressed that innovation is required to remain competitive in our ever-changing environment and to help develop new market and business opportunities.

Delegates of the event had the option to listen to a series of presentations and/or view posters created by current and previous graduate students and research staff. All of which were a showcase of the level of skills, knowledge and research carried out by student and staff research and the resources available at Reaseheath College.


Janet Nuzum (ERDF business Development Advisor) shared details of the small and medium sized businesses supported and assistance available in Cheshire and Warrington. Janet was joined by Henry Cooke from Clotton Hall Dairy who spoke about the support he has received from the Reaseheath Business Growth Programme as he sets up the first clotted cream production in the North West.

John Sorsby (Head of Commercial for the Food Department) spoke of how the food department is working with food businesses with new product development, new emerging technologies and their application to the food sector.

Louise Swindels (BSc (Hons) Equine Science) British Equestrian Trade Association Thesis of the year award winner 2017, presented her findings ‘An investigation into the efficacy of steaming hay for horses’.

Yvette Foulds- Davies (HE Programme Leader, Animal Sciences) has been working closely and in collaboration with Chester Zoo to find solutions for the challenges faced in enclosure design

Mark Biddulph (HE Programme Leader, Agriculture) presented the changes in the way teaching staff think about the curriculum delivery to meet industry current and future challenges. Mark outlined how the team have embedded LEAN management tools and techniques throughout the agriculture curriculum at all levels to ensure skills development meets the needs of innovation and new technology.


Students attended the event to showcase dissertation work and objectives displayed on posters and were keen to discuss the background of their dissertation, aims and objectives and outcome of the studies, a student commented: ‘it gave me confidence in my work to discuss my findings with delegates at the event’. For full list of posters displayed on the evening, please click here for the events itinerary or contact the Higher Education Office, Reaseheath College 01270 613284

Undergraduates are always looking for exciting industry led projects to work on, if you have an idea or current innovation project or opportunity and would like to find how to collaborate, either through our applied research staff expertise, resources, or graduate dissertation projects please contact Reaseheath Agriculture Development Academy and projects office on 01270 616492 or email

The event was an opportunity to articulate and outline a new way of working collaboratively, enabling Knowledge transfer of the skills within the college and applied research. Delegates were inspired by the display of talented staff and students.

If you would like to find out more about how you can get involved and explore opportunities for your business to work collaboratively with the college and our resources please click here.

Future event dates and topics to be announced, or to learn more about upcoming opportunists to collaborate please contact us below:

  • 01270 616 492


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