Helena Channon-Wells (Maternity leave)

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Helena Channon-Wells (Maternity leave)

Innovation and Business Partnerships Manager

As the Innovation and Business Partnership Manager for the Social Sciences, my primary role is to support academics across the Division to build mutually beneficial engagements with industry partners and explore innovative ways of enhancing the impact of their research. I also manage the Business Engagement Seed Fund  and develop training resources to support academics, students and professional services teams with business partnerships and innovation activities.

In addition, I am a point of contact for businesses looking to collaborate with researchers in the Social Sciences. In this capacity, I support scoping sessions and facilitate networking with academics when appropriate. 

With experience working across the communications industry, NHS (CAMHS) and at the University of Oxford as both a researcher and in professional services – my diverse background helps me to bridge the sometimes disparate worlds of industry and academia, thereby supporting positive, impactful engagement between researchers and business partners. 

So, if you are a researcher thinking about how to develop a new partnership, or perhaps you want to explore how to commercialise an idea or start a social enterprise – please get in touch and we can discuss the best route forward for you. 

Likewise, if you represent a company that would benefit from partnering with social science researchers at the University of Oxford, or would like to find out more about the research we are doing – please email me