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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About Michael Poole

Mike specialises in knowledge transfer and the development of new ventures. Mike seeks to create profitable collaborations, linking academic expertise with the needs of business that has ambition to grow and innovate. With ten years experience working in product design and development Mike has managed the development of many products from concept through to production including, office furniture products, bathroom fixtures, domestic goods and industrial components. Mike represents a range of creative expertise including design, print, communications, architecture, film, digital media, heritage and the arts and, facilitates access to a range of technologies and facilities that includes; 3D printing, scanning, CAD, virtual reality, film & TV studios, video & audio editing, performance venues and business incubation. Mike works with a range of businesses, organisations and start-ups to use this expertise and technology to solve problems, find solutions, to try and test ideas, to add value and distinctive identity, to develop new skills, to explore new markets, create connectivity and to produce new and innovative solutions. Mike works to solve practical business problems through to informing longer-term research and development collaborations. Specialties: - Funding and grants for knowledge transfer, innovation and R&D - Product design, prototyping, commercialisation and routes to market. - New product development technologies and design management - Enterprise and entrepreneurship and the development of new business ventures - Industry short courses for bespoke skills and professional development

Department Responsibilities

To assist the development of mutually beneficial collaborations between our academics, business and other external organisations. Support and underpin research and the exchange of knowledge within and beyond the institution. To develop and promote broad opportunities for research and enterprise to generate income, REF outputs and Impact including; contract and sponsored research, consultancy, knowledge exchange contracts, facilities access, short courses, CPD, international summer schools, the formation of College enterprises, IP and royalties, research commercialisation, marketing and events and profile raising for applied practitioners and research groups

Subject Specialism

Business development and profitable collaborations for academics and industry


  • MSc Engineering Design. Pass with Distinction. — Loughborough University, 1994
  • BA (HONS) Industrial Design, First. — Cardiff Institute of Higher Education:, 1988


  • Lincoln Technology Hub. — Lincolnshire County Council,
  • KTP award Rampton Hospital. £100k — Technology Strategy Board,
  • KTP award Morton’s Media. £100k — Technology Strategy Board,
  • KTP award Fizzco Ltd. £100k — Technology Strategy Board,
  • KTP award J H Walters. £100k — Technology Strategy Board,
  • KTP award Millhouse Manufacturing Design Ltd. £100k (2009-10) — Technology Strategy Board,
  • KTP award Studio View — Technology Strategy Board,
  • 3D digital reconstruction and fabrication. £5k — Fund for Educational Development. U of L,
  • Hatch: Centre for Creative Industry Development: £165k — Lincolnshire Enterprise,
  • KTP award for MHI Architects in Newark — Technology Strategy Board,
  • Design Enterprise Centre at the University of Hull; £700k net — European Regional Development Fund,
  • Design Enterprise Centre at the University of Hull; £1.1m net — European Regional Development Fund,


Co-founder of Lincoln Conservation, an internationally recognised centre of expertise in the conservation and restoration of the interior and exterior features of listed and historic buildings, historic artefacts, collections management and architectural paint research; Mike works for Lincoln Conservation as Business Development Manager and also provides expertise and advise with 3D scanning, recording and replication. The University’s specialism in architectural paint research and conservation stems from the 1980’s. In 2006 Mike helped to setup a joint venture between the University of Lincoln and Crick Smith Ltd to establish a commercial research centre in APR and historic interiors interpretation, ‘Crick Smith University of Lincoln’. Having worked on hundreds of some of the UK’s most iconic properties the conservation team has inevitably grown with new investments in analytical equipment and the development of new services and capabilities. In March 2017 the team changed its name to Lincoln Conservation.