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Department of Engineering

Professor Tim Minshall


Tim Minshall

Head of Division E

Academic Division: Manufacturing and Management (Head of Division)

Research group: Strategy and Policy

Telephone: +44 1223 7 64305


Research interests

Dr Minshall's research interests include:

Strategic themes

Manufacturing, design and materials

Co-leading the Theme.  Analysis of links between corporate open innovation strategies and engagement with universities; the role of university-industry collaborations in the emergence of new industries based on new technologies.

Research projects

EPSRC/ESRC “Bit-by-Bit – Capturing the value from the digital fabrication ‘revolution’”

Teaching activity

  • IA Engineer in Society
  • IB Taking Technology to Market
  • MET IIA 3P7
  • IIB 4E4 (Management of Technology)
  • MoTI
  • Executive education programmes

Research opportunities

Topics related to open innovation, technology investment and incubation, university-industry collaborations, engineering education.

Other positions

Member of the Board of St John's Innovation Centre, a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Technology, Enterprise and Competitiveness (ITEC) at Doshisha University, and a member of the IET's Innovation and Emerging Technologies Policy Panel.  He is a member of advisory / steering committees for groups including ideaSpace Enterprise Accelerator, Cambridge University Entrepreneurs, Cambridge i-Teams, Colworth Science Park and 100% Open.


Before joining the University, he was a Project Manager and Board Member at St John's Innovation Centre Ltd where he worked on a series of projects to support industry / academic collaboration focused around new technology ventures.

Prior to working at St John's Innovation Centre, he worked as a teacher, consultant, plant engineer and freelance writer in the UK, Australia and Japan.  He has B.Eng. from Aston University and a PhD from Cambridge University Engineering Department.