Posted on 07/02/2017
Royal Holloway, University of London’s Professor Paul Hogg, Vice-Principal (Research and Enterprise) has been appointed to the board of Enterprise M3, Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) as a representative for higher education.
Local Enterprise Partnerships help deliver collaboration between local authorities and businesses, determining local economic priorities, helping to drive economic growth and create local jobs.
Enterprise M3 is the Local Enterprise Partnership for Hampshire and Surrey, looking after the area all along the M3, from Staines to Ringwood.
In his role, Professor Hogg will strengthen ties between higher education, businesses and local government, ensuring research and growth opportunities flow from universities to community for the benefit of all in the area.
“I am delighted to be voted onto the Board of EM3 as a representative for higher education," said Professor Hogg. "The LEPs undertake a vital role in promoting the economies of the regions in the UK and the HE sector is clearly a key component in supporting innovation, wealth creation and cultural development."
The board for Enterprise M3 is made up of 20 members, split between the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Led by Geoff French (CBE), the board are responsible for the overall direction of the LEP.
"The regional HE strengths in Cyber Security, 5G communication, Electronics and Photonics are second to none on a global basis. This resource coupled with local industrial strengths in the digital/electronics sector should provide opportunities for new businesses, jobs and wealth creation in the coming years" says Professor Hogg.
Professor Hogg continues, "The Hampshire and Surrey region is blessed with fantastic companies and great universities who already work together well. I hope to improve this level of interaction to ensure we all benefit from the opportunities that arise from increased focus on regional funding and the government’s emerging industrial strategy."
Professor Hogg is the Vice-Principal (Research and Enterprise) and Dean of Science at Royal Holloway. He is a leading international figure in the field of advanced materials, specialising in recent years in aerostructures and wind turbines. He has been leading a project to establish a new Department of Electronic Engineering at Royal Holloway, which will be admitting its first students this year.