Sector: Business Development
Newcastle University Business School is leveraging its expertise to address societal challenges – and a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with IT consulting company Business & Decisions Ltd is providing an example of potential impact.
The specific challenge is how best to track offenders as they pass through contact with different law enforcement agencies. Often information is kept in silos and there are obstacles to joined-up case management once offenders leave prison.
To tackle the challenge, Business & Decisions Ltd is developing advanced case management software that enables a seamless flow of information to authorised users and partners throughout an offender’s case lifecycle.
The former Chief Information Officer of Barclays and Aviva, Ian Marshall, is the business advisor for the project.
Newcastle University will contribute through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) involving research into the technological and business directions of case management software. The KTP will also help produce and implement a sustainable long-term business strategy.
The outcomes of the KTP will enhance stable revenue streams from the licence and maintenance fees associated with case management software. These will provide additional resilience to the income of Business & Decisions Ltd whose core IT consulting revenues can fluctuate significantly in turbulent markets.
Professor Feng Li is closely involved in the KTP. He is highly experienced; since joining Newcastle University he has been Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on externally funded research projects totalling over £20 million.
He says: “Engagement in such projects is part of a strategy of working with others for mutual benefit. Academics do not only give to others, but we also receive experience and insights that we can then share with students and other collaborators.”
Contact a Business Development Manager to discuss how to access University expertise.