Jennie develops innovative research and knowledge exchange projects, supporting staff to create and fund innovation in research and enterprise. She runs Get That Grant, a programme which takes academics from idea to research bid, with success in funds such as the Leverhulme Trust.
She has recently led the School's successful Business School Impact System (BSIS) assessment, and is working to embed impact principles and activities across the Faculty. She developed MMU’s successful initial Small Business Charter application in 2014.
She is joint-co-ordinating the Faculty's REF submission, with specific responsibility for impact case studies.
Jennie is passionate about knowledge exchange and the relevance of universities to the outside world. She has a 1st class BA (hons), and MA in Classics and Ancient World Studies from The University of Manchester, and a Master of Research from MMU. Her PhD is exploring The Evolution of the Public Intellectual.
Jennie has develoepd international partnerships and funded projects, which help us to innovate. She has strong university and business connections in Croatia, France, Poland, Finland, Spain, The Netherlands and Germany. She currently leads a collaboration between Consultancy students in the UK and The Netherlands, enabling them to work on a joint project for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
She is a Board Member and Non-Exeuctive Director of PraxisAuril, the UK's leading body for knowledge exchange professionals, and is Deputy Chair of its Professional Development Committee. Jennie also leads the PraxisAuril Mentoring Scheme and the North West Network.
Jennie has undertaken bid writing consultancy work with private businesses, and delivers pro-bono workshops for universities, the NHS, business and student entrepreneurs on business development.
Prior to her current role she was Deputy Director of the Centre for Enterprise, a 30 strong multi-disciplinary centre working to develop small firms' growth and innovation potential. Jennie has won over £10m of funding from the ESRC, AHRC, EPSRC, ERDF, Erasmus+ and others. Significantly, she developed the groundbreaking £4mManchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre with the Faculty of Science and Engineering.
Why do I teach?
I teach as I am passionate about enterprise and creativity, and hope to help students become entrepreneurial in whatever role they take in life.
Academic and professional qualifications
MRes, Business Research, MMU
MA, Ancient World Studies, The University of Manchester
BA (hons) 1st class, Classical Studies, The University of Manchester
Teaching & Research Supervision
Why study Young Enterprise & Entrepreneurial Practice?
Enterprise is learning through doing - you will set up your own business for real - dealing with accounts, banks, suppliers, partners, marketing and more. You will truly go on a journey of creation and development.
This is an exciting opportunity to work in a team to tackle a range of challenges and become profitable!
It is an excellent addition to your CV as proof that you are able to take an idea to a business in a few months.
Level 6 Young Entrerprise
Level 6 Entreprenurial Practice
Get That Grant programme for academics
Research Expertise, Publications & Grants
My PhD is exploring the Evoluation of the Public Intellectual, and I am a qualitative researcher.
Books (authored/edited/special issues)
JF. Shorley (2014). Stimulating Learning for Idea-to-Market (SLIM) Ideas To Market. Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, England.