Yolande is the Knowledge Transfer Facilitator (KTF) for the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge. She supports her academics, at all stages of their career, and across all chemical sciences, in realising the full impact of their research.
This includes everything from; raising awareness of the impact agenda and the potential applications of their research, matchmaking academic expertise to industrial challenges (both responsively and proactively), showcasing departmental expertise to industry and other end-users, fostering existing collaborations and brokering new relationships, highlighting networking and entrepreneurial learning opportunities through to connecting academics with the technology transfer office (Cambridge Enterprise) and legal support teams.
Before becoming a KTF, Yolande was based in the Research Strategy Office, supporting the University of Cambridge in its Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) submission. She assisted academics, across the biomedical departments, in their preparation of “impact case studies”, helping them recognise, evidence and articulate the impact of their research in the wider world.
She was also the University’s NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) Co-ordinator and prepared further impact case studies on NERC-funded research for the council. She led a survey, across NERC-funded departments, to determine how researchers engage in Knowledge Exchange (identifying the drivers and deterrents).
Yolande’s background is in Biochemistry (PhD) and Pharmacology and she first joined the University in 2005, as a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She remains drawn to the Life Sciences but is enthusiastic about science in general and enjoys learning new things. She is also out-going and loves meeting new people. What she most likes about being a KTF are the opportunity to make a difference and no two days being the same.