Ms Sallyann Sharpe

Ms Sallyann Sharpe



Currently working as Project Support Officer in the School of Biological & Marine Sciences within the Faculty of Science & Engineering. The main project that I am supporting is UAE Ocean, a commercial research collaboration within the Plymouth Ocean Forecasting Center. ​I am responsible for all aspects of supporting this project and to support the development of new collaborations and bids.  I have supported other research projects in my current role and previously as Research Support Assistant funded through the British Council Institutional Links with partners around the Dead Sea and a discreet project with Exxon Mobil.



I am a full member of the Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (MIKE) and have an avid interest in all aspects of economic growth and productivity in the workforce. My early career was around work-based learning as a vocational assessor, mentor and verifier and I have recently updated these qualifications.

My previous roles with the University of Plymouth start back in 2008 as a Business Intermediary quickly progressing to Project Manager in 2009 for the HEIF funded Economic Challenge Investment Fund and Graduate Internships, my responsibility was to lead a team of 7 where we engaged and built new client relationships, strengthened existing relations and expanded our portfolio of services taken up with local and national industrial contacts. The key legacy of the project was the implementation of a single entry point for business enquiries through the Enterprise Solutions service, a dedicated Freephone number and email response to access the University's expertise, research and facilities.  The role also included managing and facilitating representation at business events, conducting company visits to undertaking training needs and organisational needs analysis to better understand the customers’ requirements, analyse customer feedback, signpost internally to our experts and then monitor and track progress.  

As Business Development Manager in R&I, I was the driving force for the implementation, design and maintenance of the Enterprise Solutions suite of webpages and included video clips to better explain complex programmes such as Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP).  

I led and devised pro-active marketing campaigns to promote the business services of the university and work with stakeholders, networks and partner organisations (network relationship management) to foster collaborative and reciprocal referrals. 

In addition I am a qualified mentor and business coach with the IOEE. I have a solid network of connections within the University and in the geographical region and ran my own business for three years successfully.

Coming back to my current role, which I enjoy very much, I have expanded my recent knowledge to include basic oceanography, cataloging data for research analysis and generating reports as required.   



Professional membership

Member of the Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (MIKE)

Full Member of IOEE and (SFEDI)

Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship