Alumnus Supports the UWS Research Festival

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Gavin Tweedie and Prof Milan Radosavljevic

University of the West of Scotland (UWS) graduate Gavin Tweedie gives back to the university by supporting the 2022 Research Festival.

Gavin, who graduated from the then University of Paisley (now UWS) with a BA Business Information Technology degree, is founder of Think Partnership Ltd who sponsored the 3 minute thesis competition at the Research Festival.

He credits his career journey to the start in life he was given during his time studying in Paisley. Following graduation in 1994, Gavin has been in the founding teams of 5 companies, many of which were acquired or exited to IBM, HP or Sun Microsystems, and he is now driven to give back with the purpose to support decarbonisation, sustainability and help entrepreneurs maximise their potential.

Gavin commented: “My time at University really came to life back in the early 90’s when I had a one year industrial placement at the Craigie campus in Ayr, helping install the first computer systems and networks, replacing type writers and analogue processes which was highly disruptive at the time,  but very beneficial to the course I was studying.  Going back in my fourth year was a breeze after the practical experiences and meta skills given to me by the placement”.

Gavin is also Co-founder and Chairman of the Scottish Net Zero Community and Co-founder and Director of Net Zero Nation Ltd and holds the Director of Commercial Operations role with Fuel Change and Non Exec Director roles.  These social enterprise initiatives all converge around the subject of planet positive business. Enabling the mass mobilisation of decarbonisation in the SME community and giving young people a platform to build a low carbon, more sustainable future.

He is committed to providing his help and industry network to support the good work the academic sector is doing in developing the next generation of talent to be entrepreneurial in tackling the climate crisis building back a greener, more resilient economy.

The 2022 Research Festival week which ran from 20 – 24 June at UWS Lanarkshire Campus, focused on three key themes: Health & Wellbeing; Education for All; and Responsible & Sustainable Innovation.

If you would like to give back to the University please email supportus@uws.ac.uk for ways in which you can contribute to the success of our students.

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