North West University Fair 2019

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time



Sci-Tech Daresbury

Keckwick Lane



United Kingdom

View Map

Event description


Overview of the event

Regional universities are key partners to Sci-Tech Daresbury in bringing support and expertise to technology companies in areas such as:

  • Student projects & placements
  • Student recruitment
  • Apprenticeships
  • Collaborative research & Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
  • Access to facilities

Therefore this event is designed to help technology companies better understand the breadth of support available to them and how they can best take advantage of this. It will be done through two mechanisms:

• Short session highlighting 5 company case studies through a combination of interview, expert panel and Q&A from the audience.

• Exhibition enabling you to meet with representatives from 9 regional universities and Innovate UK/Knowledge Transfer Network to explore potential areas of support and collaboration


The event will take place in the Innovation Centre at Sci-Tech Daresbury. For directions please go to Visitor parking is available on-site and attendees will be notified of where to park before the event.

Programme for the morning

8.30 – 9.30 – Registration (Innovation Centre)

8.30- 12.00 – NW University & Innovate UK/KTN Exhibition (Innovation Centre)

There will be stands from the following institutions:

  • University of Central Lancashire

  • University of Chester

  • University of Cumbria

  • Lancaster University

  • University of Liverpool

  • Liverpool John Moores University

  • University of Manchester

  • Manchester Metropolitan University

  • University of Salford

  • Innovate UK/Knowledge Transfer Network

9.30 – 10.45 Company case studies with input from expert panel (Daresbury Laboratory Atrium)

Session 1 – Student projects and placements

Interviewee – Ben Robert-Shaw, Head of Operations at Power Solutions Ltd

Interviewer – John Leake, Sci-Tech Daresbury

Expert panel

Brian Taylor - Careers Consultant, University of Chester

Paul Cullinan - Employer Engagement Consultant, University of Liverpool

Session 2 – Student recruitment

Interviewee – David Cape-Brown, Branch Manager & Head of Recruitment at TOPdesk UK

Interviewer – John Leake, Sci-Tech Daresbury

Expert panel

TBC - University of Central Lancashire

Martin Ross -Employability Consultant, University of Manchester

Session 3 – Apprenticeships

Interviewee – John Maddie, Director at Long Valley Yurts

Interviewer – John Leake, Sci-Tech Daresbury

Expert panel

Steve Wood - Development Manager, University of Cumbria

TBC - Manchester Metropolitan University

Session 4 – Collaborative research and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Interviewee – Phil Speed – CEO & Co-founder of Quantum Base Ltd

Interviewer – Paul Treloar, Sci-Tech Daresbury

Expert panel

Prof. Rob Young - Faculty of Science and Technology, Lancaster University

Joe Flanagan - Business Development Manager, University of Salford

Mick Card - Knowledge Transfer Adviser, Innovate UK

Session 5 – Access to Facilities

Interviewee – Jade Parkinson-Hill, Founder of STEAM School

Interviewer – Paul Treloar, Sci-Tech Daresbury

Expert panel

Jonathon Clark - Business and Technology Manager (LCR Activate),

Liverpool John Moores University

Delyth Edwards - Business Development Manager, Science and Technology Facilities Council

11.30 – 12.15 Tours of Campus facilities

Tour 1 – ITAC Laboratory – Campus Technology Hub-Techspace One

This will provide an overview of a range of laboratory and workshop facilities at Sci-Tech Daresbury, along with a range of analytical and rapid prototyping equipment that can be accessed.

Tour 2 – Virtual Engineering Centre – Hartree Centre

This will provide an overview of the high performance computing, data analytics, AI and VR/AR facilities that are located at Sci-Tech Daresbury.

Biographies of company case studies

Ben Roberts-Shaw, Head of Operations at Power Solutions

Power Solutions are a key careers and employability partner for the University of Chester. They are also a key internship host and have provided opportunities for four students through the Chester Internship Programme. Pivotal to this success is the way in which Power Solutions empower students through responsibility and ensuring students take ownerships for their projects from day one. Power Solutions are a growing company and have provided excellent project work environments for students to be able to experience a small company on an exponential growth track. The company also work closely with English Literature students and run an annual marketing content writing competition to give English students opportunities to experience real-world publishing.

David Cape-Brown, Branch Manager & Head of Recruitment at TOPdesk UK

David has been at TOPdesk since 2006 and has faciliated TOPdesk UK’s growth through sales, marketing and more recently branch management and recruitment. Since then, he has seen TOPdesk UK go from strength to strength in both terms of customers and employee growth.

TOPdesk was founded in Delft, the Netherlands, over 25 years ago by 2 students. Their goal was to help others improve their customer service – with a service management software that is simple and easy to use. Since then, the organisation has grown: from 2 employees to over 700, and from a single small office to 14 branches in 10 different countries.

TOPdesk have collaborated with the University of Manchester in the following areas:

  • MGT Graduate notebook
  • Entrepreneur judging panel
  • Award ceremony speaker / industry representative
  • Prolific North Presentation
  • Short recruitment video – UoM Internship
  • Personal Branding presentation
  • Many recruitment job fairs
  • Speed networking
  • Open/Taster Day
  • Alumni mentoring
  • Posting jobs on the UoM job portal
  • Communicating, Influencing and Negotiating – professional skills workshop

John Maddy (Director, Long Valley Yurts)

Inspired by a passion for the outdoors and outdoor living Long Valley Yurts was set up with just two 18ft Yurts at Great Langdale, Cumbria. Ten years and they continue to with the National Trust at Great Langdale and have expanded to offer Yurt holidays at more locations in the Lake District and the Peak District.

As the company grew they started to work with the University of Cumbria to see how they could develop their team and the Degree Apprenticeship model flitted the way they want to develop their staff, with a blend of formal degree level learning and on the job support. Tommy Ingham is now in his second year on the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship

Director John Maddy says the Degree Apprentice model of delivery enables them to grow the business in the way they want to and Tommy claims he gets a deeper understanding into the way businesses work, a win for all.

Phil Speed (CEO, Quantum Base)

Co-founded by Phil Speed, CEO, and Professor Rob Young, Chief Scientific Officer and Royal Society Research Fellow, Quantum Base Ltd is based in Info Lab 21 at Lancaster University, which is also a research partner and funder. Quantum Base is also backed financially by The Royal Society, GCHQ, and the U.S. Air Force, and is published in leading scientific journals, such as Nature.

They have invented, developed and patented a portfolio of unbreakable nanoscale quantum security devices – Quantum IDs or Q-IDs-that are simple, scalable, small and cheap.

Their patented product range is driven from their development of the world’s first nanoscale quantum physically unclonable functions (PUF’s), both Optical (OPUF) and Electronic (EPUF) versions, and our simple quantum random number generator (QRNG). They have a further six products in patent pending, founded on their scientific research in quantum physics.

Jade Stephenson-Smith (Founder, Steam School)

Ed-tech startup, Steam School, is inspiring UK students to pursue a career in STEAM through the development of a new innovative mobile app.

Launched in 2018, Steam School uses the power of technology to introduce global innovators to schools across the UK.

They host weekly video podcasts with role models from across the world of science, tech and digital media. The hour-long broadcasts will see young innovators and guests draw on real-life experience to teach students about the importance of digital skills in the technology sector.

Through LJMU’s LCR Activate programme, Steam School have been granted funding to develop a smartphone app to host the video podcast series. The app, which is set to launch in January 2019, will enable students to watch and interact in any location, as well as catch up with previous episodes on the go. The funding will also help the start-up carry out data-driven marketing, analyzing the data patterns on its website to engage education school leaders and raise awareness of the programme.

Weblinks & email addresses

University of Central Lancashire - &

University of Chester -

University of Cumbria &

Lancaster University - &

University of Liverpool - &

Liverpool John Moores University - &

University of Manchester - &

Manchester Metropolitan University -

University of Salford -

Science and Technology Facilities Council -

Innovate UK/Knowledge Transfer Network - &

Share with friends

Date and Time


Sci-Tech Daresbury

Keckwick Lane



United Kingdom

View Map

Save This Event

Event Saved