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Dr Moira Decter

Formerly at Lancaster University

Moira Decter


Dr Moira Decter is a freelance consultant and honorary researcher for the Department of Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Innovation at Lancaster University Management School. As well as researching in the field of knowledge transfer (KT) from UK and American universities, she has worked as a KT professional in the fields of Environmental Science and Management at Lancaster University. In addition, Moira was Programme Manager of the Medici Programme for the University of Birmingham for two years. Medici was an innovative project which encouraged entrepreneurship amongst academics in Medicine and Biosciences. Moira has a first degree in Chemistry, an MBA and two PhDs; the first in Chemistry and the second in the field of Management Science specifically researching knowledge transfer from universities. In addition, Moira has ten years of experience in the chemicals industry.

Career Details

Freelance Consultant, 2011-present

Consultancy entails work in the area of knowledge transfer and innovation.
Teaching and mentoring students for Lancaster University Management School (LUMS).
Honorary Researcher in the Department of Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Innovation.

Lancaster University, UK, 2005-2011

Department of Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Innovation, Lancaster University Management School

PhD Research, 2007-2011

Research related to knowledge transfer from UK universities in a study benchmarking against American university technology transfer. PhD awarded November 2011.

Northern Leadership Academy (NLA)
Deliverables Strategic Manager, January 2007-present

Development of NLA projects to meet the objectives of the three northern Regional Development Agencies in the Northern Way, NWDA, ONE NorthEast and Yorkshire Forward.

Seconded to Institute for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (IEED)/Northern Leadership Academy August-December 2006

Preparation of the NLA database of Leadership and Management (L&M) Provision and the Report on North West L&M Mapping and Provision for NWDA. Support for the preparation and submission of a successful ESRC (AIM Innovation) grant application for Professor Mary Rose.

Enterprise and Business Partnerships, Lancaster Environment Centre
Business Development Manager, 2005- 2006

Enterprise and Business Partnerships works across several departments in LancasterUniversity to develop relationships with industrial partners, collaborative research and commercial outcomes for university technologies. Specific duties and achievements included supporting applications for commercialisation related bids and continuing professional development courses and development of knowledge transfer workshops for academic staff.

University of Birmingham, 2003-2004
Research and Enterprise Services
Medici Programme Manager, 2003-4

The Midlands Medici Programme aimed to embed a more enterprising culture in medical/bioscience and health-care related academic departments through the provision of training and development in entrepreneurship and business to subject specialists. The role of Medici Programme Manager involved defining, managing and delivering the programme at The University of Birmingham.

Aston Business School, 2000-2003
University of Aston in Birmingham

MBA in International Business. Awarded (with distinction) July 2003.

Fosroc International Ltd, 1989-1999
Group Development
Research and development, technology management and acquisition of technology.

Aston University, 1986-1988
Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the Civil Engineering Department

Industrially sponsored research project examining the effect of blended cements on chloride attack (corrosion) of reinforcing steel in concrete.


PhD Management (awarded November 2011)
Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development Lancaster University ManagementSchool

Title: The Shaping of UK University Knowledge Transfer: A Comparison of History, Contexts and Influences on University Knowledge and Technology Transfer Activity in the UK and USA

MBA (awarded with distinction 2004)
Aston Business School, Aston University
Project: University to Business Technology Transfer

PhD Chemistry (Awarded April 1984)
Teesside Polytechnic, Department of Chemistry
Sponsor: Pozzolanic Ltd
Title: A Study of the Rate and Extent of Carbonation of Mortars made from Blended Cements

PGCE Chemistry, Science, English (Awarded 1980)
University of Durham, Department of Education

BSc Honours upper second class (Awarded 1979)
Major: Chemistry, Minor: Social Dimensions of Science
School of Molecular Sciences, University of Sussex

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