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Emmanuel Poteaux

Please tell us about your career path since leaving Northumbria

I came back to France and I established my own company dedicated to consulting. Two years later I had been hired by a French university and worked in a technology transfer office as a lawyer and business officer.

From the beginning of last year, I have been working in a private company doing technology transfer on behalf of public research institutions of the Alsace Region. I am working as a legal manager.

Please tell us about your current job and what it involves

I am working as a legal manager. I am in charge of the agreements needed for the technology transfer (Non Disclosure Agreement, Material Transfer Agreement, Sponsored Research Agreement, Licensing Agreement, Joint Ownership Agreement).

I am in charge of the legal aspects in the company as well (labour law, organisation of the Board of Directors).

I really enjoy my work as I am working in the innovation field with a very talented profile.

What made you choose Northumbria University?

The existence of prior exchanges with my French university.

Why did you choose to study in the UK?

The English language.

What was your favourite thing about your course and/or Northumbria University?

My graduation day!

What societies/activities did you take part in outside of your studies?

Socialising, working and trying to be integrated as much as I could in the English community.

How would you describe the city of Newcastle as a place to live and study?

Cold but warm due to its people.

In one sentence, sum up your time here at Northumbria.

No regrets!

What professional achievement are you most proud of since leaving university?

Becoming a legal manager.

What career objectives do you still have?

To extend my team.  

What advice would you give students who wish to pursue a similar career to yours?

Find an interesting job as it will be part of your life and you will have to be dedicated to it for long hours.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about studying at Northumbria University?

Do not hesitate even one second but be dedicated to it and keep time for fun as well as studying.

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