Serkan has extensive experience in business and marketing. He set up his first business by the age of 19 within the textile industry. He also started as a trainee and left as a senior consultant in one of Europe’s biggest independent financial services agencies. His experience includes mentoring start-up businesses through the SPEED programme under the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) initiative.
Serkan has bid writing skills and has shown some achievements under ERDF were he put a successful bid together and secured just over £150,000. In addition, he turned an initially failing bid into a success with HEIF and secured just under £1,000,000 over three years as well as £167,000 under the ECIF for a higher education college. Before he started his full time career as academic staff he worked as an enterprise, innovation and project manager for various higher education institutions.