Develop 3D Live

The University of Sheffield is hosting the Develop 3D Live conference and exhibition on Wednesday 17th April and we would like to invite MD Club members to attend.

The event is free and there will be up to 70 exhibitors including the MD Club, Pitch-In, and MD Club member Performance Engineered Solutions.

There will be a range of speakers, workshops and industry panels throughout the day and the event is being opened by the University of Sheffield’s Vice-President and Head of the Faculty of Engineering Mike Hounslow. The conference themes are Additive Manufacturing, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality.

More information and registration details are here.


Foresight exercises are a useful tool in policy making, and are used by a number of countries, including Japan, Germany and the UK to inform economic strategies and policies. The Regional Technology Foresight team at the University of Sheffield is organising a workshop to increase awareness of technology foresight, and to explore how it can be used to revive regional manufacturing.

Ahead of the Curve: The Use of Technology Foresight in Regional Industrial Strategy workshop will take place on March 21st, 2-5pm. It will be hosted at Albert Works, the premises of digital marketing and AI agency Jaywing.

We are very excited to announce that the keynote will be given by Chi Onwurah MP, Shadow Secretary for Industrial Strategy, Science & Innovation. Ms Onwurah will talk about the importance of technology and innovation strategy for the revival of UK industry.

Dr Patrick Noack, Senior Policy Adviser on Emerging Technologies and Futures at the Royal Society, will present on the role of foresight in policy planning. Laurie Smith, Senior Researcher at NESTA, who focuses on the technological, social and economic aspects of emerging technologies, will talk about how to build collective visions for the future of local areas. Dr Jonathan Bray, Deputy Head of Digital at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, will talk about technology and innovation policies in practice.

The presentations will be followed by facilitated discussions, and then time for networking.

There are a few places available on the Ahead of the Curve workshop for people working in relevant fields and/or policy-making. If you are interested in attending the workshop, please complete our short online registration form.

The Value of Collaboration versus Competition

Keynote speakers: Ed Hutt – Group Chief Information Officer, SIG; Dave Dalton – Chief Executive, British Glass

Date: Thursday 21st March 2019

Time: 17:30 – 20:00

Venue: Electric Works, Sheffield Digital Campus, S1 2BJ

The Value of Collaboration versus Competition – how do multiple partners work together, sometimes with conflicting priorities, and how do they manage this collaboration effectively to achieve success?

In the current economic landscape, working collaboratively is sometimes essential to develop and move your business on. Tapping into new knowledge and expertise from partners is key to achieve your shared goal but what happens when differing objectives converge? How are these challenges overcome and what lessons can be learnt by you as future collaborators?

Ed and Dave will provide insight from their respective experiences of working across different businesses, looking at how this has added value, impact and enrichment. You will have the opportunity to ask Ed and Dave any questions and get to fully understand their experiences.

The engaging talks will be followed by networking and a tasty fusion-style buffet. Stay and chat with our speakers, fellow businesses, academics from both universities and the MD Club team. Don’t forget to have a go on the Electric Works’ helter-skelter!

Who can attend

The MD Club is open to:
– Sheffield City Region businesses interested in university collaborations to further innovation
– Academics and relevant staff from the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University
– Other regional organisations supporting innovation and knowledge sharing to drive economic growth


5.30pm – Registration and arrival drinks

5.45pm – Welcome and Introductions

6.00pm – Ed Hutt, Group Chief Information Officer, SIG6

6.25pm – Dave Dalton, Chief Executive, British Glass

6.50pm – Q & A

7.00pm – Closing Remarks

7.05pm – Networking and buffet

7.45pm – Event close

For more information, get in touch:

‘Working in partnership with Sheffield Universities – the key to a successful collaborative partnership’

Date: Thursday 15th November
Time: 8.00am – 11.00am
Location: Inox Dine

Join us for breakfast on 15th November for an interactive session to help businesses connect with the knowledge and talent on offer at both Universities.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) have been helping businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity for over 40 years. You will hear from former KTP partners from both industry and academia and they will take you through their journey and how they reached their business goals and collaborative success.

An interactive breakout session will follow to create links and allow 1:1 discussions.

The event is supported by Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) which supports businesses, helping them to innovate and grow. You can access specialist support and meet regional Knowledge Transfer Advisers from the KTN, allowing you the opportunity to discuss ideas and explore options to apply for government funding for collaborative projects such as a KTP.


8.00am – Arrival breakfast and registration

8.15am – Opening from the MD Club

8.20am – Hear from Innovate UK: Dr Trevor Gregory and Andy Barnett, Knowledge Transfer Advisors, Innovate UK.

8.40am – Hear from former KTP partners: Rufino Bolado, C W Fletcher; Jem Rongong, University of Sheffield; Simon Pykett, Penny Hydraulics Ltd.

9.40am – Q&A panel discussion with Dr Trevor Gregory and Andy Barnett

10.00am – Breakout Session

For more information please get in touch –

How to Access and Retain Graduate Talent


Tuesday 25th September
Time: 5.30pm – 8.30pm
Location: Roco Creative, 338 Glossop Road, S10 2HW

This joint event between both Universities’ Careers Services will highlight what they can offer in regards to work placements, student projects, internships, graduate jobs and degree apprenticeships as well as discuss how employing graduates can have a positive impact on your business.

The evening will also outline the work the Universities are undertaking in the Sheffield City Region (SCR) such as the RISE Graduate Programme and the innovative new Future Leaders Development Programme which aims to support long term leadership development, talent retention and business growth within the SCR business community.

For more information please get in touch: