Wilton Wednesday - March 2020

Wilton Wednesday – March 2020 - Knowledge Factory

Our next Wilton Wednesday is on 11th March from midday to 1pm in the Farndale Room and a buffet lunch is provided.  To reserve a place please RSVP to michael.anderson@wiltoncentre.co.uk

Details of our two speakers and their topics are as follows:


  1. Andrew Ferguson, York University:  Careers and Placements, Student and Academic Services

The University of York is committed to working collaboratively with businesses; particularly those in the North of England.  This talk will outline some of the broad categories of collaboration that have proven effective in the past.  Given the time of the year we’ll end by focusing on one of the most straightforward ways businesses can work with the University – using student interns to achieve project outcomes over the summer months.  More at www.york.ac.uk/business.

Andrew has responsibility for the approaches the University takes to enable its students to gain meaningful work experience alongside their studies.  This includes internships, placements, volunteering and entrepreneurship.


  1.     Anna Taylor, DASA Regional Innovation Partner for the North East

Anna will give a briefing about the Defence and Security Accelerator – followed by the opportunity of a 10 minute 1-1 meeting afterwards at the Wilton Centre. During the briefing, Anna will cover: benefits from working with DASA; the innovation funds available; and what a good proposal looks like.

DASA’s vision is for the UK to maintain its strategic advantage over its adversaries through the most innovative defence and security capabilities in the world. They achieve this by finding and funding innovative ideas from academia & industry and seeking to rapidly bring them into use across defence and security.  DASA routinely seek solutions to challenges from a broad range of government end users. Examples include: improved security features for banknotes, improving rail security, medical technologies, autonomous systems & advanced materials. Solutions could originate from any field of research.

Further information about DASA, including their live innovation competitions, can be found on the DASA Website.

Please feel free to forward this invite to anyone you feel will benefit from attending; all I ask is that anyone wishing to attend rsvp’s to me at michael.anderson@wiltoncentre.co.uk to reserve a place and so that I can estimate numbers for catering for our buffet lunch. Please send through any dietary requirements.

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