Mr Lesley Stigling

Research project: Technology and Innovation Management within Universities.


Technology and Innovation management (TIM) is arguably the most important process in companies, if done right, companies stand to make healthy profits, develop sustainable competitiveness, become an exciting place to work which attracts and retains high calibre and creative staff. Get it wrong and companies stand to lose a lot of money, workers and reputation (Dodgson, et al., 2008). The aim of the research is to provide useful insights into how Universities manage their technology and innovation, what techniques are used and how these techniques are deployed to effectively take inventions to market. This study will follow a real life project with a healthcare company to design, develop and implement an AI based online system that will measure key biometrics such us; temperature changes, heartbeat, micro facial expressions using sensors and wearable technology. Once deployed, the proposed system will be able to predict behavioural changes in patients and predict episodes such as anxiety attacks, strokes etc. This system will be live for at least one year to allow time to implement lessons learnt before taking it to market. This study will develop and test effective Technology and Innovation techniques and a TIM methodology to manage the development of the proposed system and successfully take to market. Once the techniques are piloted in the organisation and if proven successful, these techniques will be adopted and applied to university inventions. The outcomes will be measured, compared and analysed to gauge whether industry techniques can be applied to University innovation.


I have experience in management consultancy, commercialising and licensing of IP, funding and investment assessments, contract management, academic spin-outs and strategic partnerships. I streamline and optimise and implementing forward-thinking, data-informed knowledge transfer partnerships and consultancy projects which aims to place the University as a partner of choice for businesses looking to gain a competitive edge through the latest research and innovation. By influencing cross-functional internal partners to create and execute effective research, analysis, and strategy.  My portfolio includes:• IP Wealth Management• Contracts Management• Business Development and Strategic Partnerships• Project Management• Technology Readiness Level Assessment• Route to market and Technology Mapping• Bid and Tender Writing• Academic Spin out and Acquisitions• Investment assessment• Knowledge Transfer Partnerships• Management Consultancy• Education Enterprise

Areas of research interest

  • Innovation Management
  • Technology Management
  • Technology Roadmapping
  • Route to Market Strategies


  • MSc International Human Resource Management
  • Level 7 CIPD
  • Level 7 Strategic Management and Leadership
  • PRINCE 2 Project Management

Funding or awards received

  • Innovate UK funding