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Chris Evans

Assistant Director for Regional Impact and Innovation, University of Exeter

Chris is Assistant Director for Regional Impact and at the University of Exeter. She is responsible for the University’s regional strategy including supporting the University’s role as an anchor institution in Exeter and the wider South West Peninsula. Chris is also responsible for SETsquared Exeter and the running of the University student entrepreneurship activities, business support and innovation facilities. In addition she has overall responsibility for securing regional funding to support innovation and R&D activities. Her team is responsible for the delivery of a range of sector focused projects in Cornwall and Devon which support business and academic engagement to meet business challenges.


About The University of Exeter

The University of Exeter combines teaching excellence with world class research and also has a major impact on the local, regional and national economy. We are a member of the Russell Group of leading research-intensive universities and a vibrant knowledge hub. As a large employer and economic contributor in Devon and Cornwall the University helps to support local growth and build on the region’s strengths and potential. Our reputation as a great partner for business has been earned through many years of successful collaboration.

“Although global in outlook, the University of Exeter is rooted in place. We are responsible for working with others to forge and deliver strategies that deliver economic growth and a high quality of life to the citizens of Exeter and the wider region. Nurturing and harnessing the skills, entrepreneurial talent, the capacity for innovation and scientific discovery of Exeter’s residents, our  23,000 students and 5,000 staff is central to this mission. We are delighted to be part of Exeter City Futures and the opportunity that this provides for our community to work towards a shared vision of a vibrant and successful city.” – Chris Evans, University of Exeter