Jim Gazzard was appointed as Professor of Workforce Futures in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMH) at UEA in April 2012.  Since July 2012 he has also acted as Associate Dean for Enterprise and Postgraduate Taught Programmes in FMH.  Jim’s role focuses on working to strategically align UEA’s innovative programme of lifelong learning for healthcare professionals with the rapidly changing demands of healthcare providers including the NHS, social enterprises and for-profit providers in the East of England, nationally and internationally.  He is the academic lead for the newly formed FMH Workforce Hub.  He sits on bodies including UEA’s Enterprise Executive, the Norfolk and Suffolk Dementia Alliance and Health Education East of England’s Executive Group. 

Prior to joining UEA Jim held a joint business development and lectureship role at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), University of London from 2007 to 2012 where he led the cross-campus science and veterinary entrepreneurship programme.  The programme encompassed undergraduate and postgraduate life science and veterinary students, and sought to work closely with biomedical companies based at RVC’s London BioScience Innovation Centre (LBIC) and leading veterinary organisations.  He led the ORBIS and BRIO early career bio-internship training programmes as well as creating the experiential and industry-facing Innovets and BioPioneer initiatives.  He has previously chaired Cogent’s (Sector Skills Council) bioscience industrial placements group. 

From 2006 to 2007 Jim was a Principal Scientist at GlaxoSmithKline Plc focusing on the skills development of drug development scientists in the UK and US.  From 2005 to 2006 he was based at Cranfield School of Management where he worked as an ESRC Research Fellow conducting a systematic review on the high performance team literature.  From 2000 Jim spent five years as a Technology Transfer Manager at Medical Research Council Technology (MRCT) where he supported the identification, protection and commercialisation of novel intellectual property emerging from Medical Research Council institutes and centres. 

Jim holds a degree in genetics (Cardiff, 1997), a PhD in the genetics of hearing loss (Nottingham, 2001 [MRC Institute of Hearing Research]), a MBA in entrepreneurship (Stirling, 2007) and a postgraduate certificate in higher education (London, 2011 [RVC]).  He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


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