Making Connections

Connecting The Bridge

Cambridge translation network  Since the inception of The Bridge at Hughes Hall we have forged relationships with the individuals, departments, initiatives and organisations that make up the Cambridge research translation and knowledge transfer ecosystem. Understanding this multi-faceted landscape, and knowing who to speak to within it, is key to our work. These organisations already provide many elements of translation between research and implementation. Therefore, the Bridge leverages current assets, capabilities and networks; complementing and working in partnership with other key stakeholders.

If you are part of the Hughes Hall community and need help making connections with translation, research or business start-up organisations in the Cambridge ecosystem we can help. Get in touch for support with introductions, background research, briefings, key contacts, or for wider translation advice.

Connecting you  Are you a Hughes Hall fellow, researcher or student who needs help connecting with other researchers in different disciplines? Are you looking to collaborate on multi-disciplinary projects and need support in setting up a research platform? Or, perhaps, you are looking for external expertise and need help connecting with practitioners, policy-makers or industry experts.

The Bridge offers a range of linking capabilities to ease connection among academics, with the Cambridge translation ecosystem and with external practitioners. We can support you in many ways including:

  • Providing exposure to practitioners and practical problems through our external partners such as City Fellows, alumni, and industry/practitioner stakeholders, to promote a two-way flow of translation opportunities.
  • Mentoring researchers in communicating their work, identifying opportunities for impact, nurturing relationships, and understanding other disciplines complementary to their own specialism.
  • Growing researchers’ connection with, and understanding of, policy, practice and industry, providing further ideas for future research.
  • Offering researchers from multiple disciplines new opportunities to work together in pursuit of a common goal.

Find an expert  We have an academic body who can advise and comment on many current UK and global issues and sectors, including artificial intelligence and technology, biomedical sciences, business, climate change, education, energy, environment, global health, law and regulation – and many more. Our register of academic researchers can provide the media, business, policy-makers and practitioners access to informed opinion and analysis on a broad range of topics and current affairs. We aim to provide details of academic staff who are happy to be contacted to speak as an authority on their particular areas of research and teaching.

For more in-depth partnerships and collaboration projects, we can help external practitioners access and apply cutting-edge academic thinking to address a range of real-world challenges. We can help those in policy, practice and commerce navigate the Cambridge ecosystem and identify the partners they need; brokering relationships between external practitioners and specific researchers, for mutual benefit.

Contact Dr Stephen Axford, Director of Research Translation, on 01223 330452 or email bridge.director@hughes.cam.ac.uk if you would like advice or support in making a variety of connections.