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United Kingdom taskforce puts university-industry partnerships at center of economic plans

By David Schwartz
Published: July 14th, 2020

The United Kingdom’s National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) has been asked to launch a new Taskforce to advise on the future of UK R&D. The taskforce, at the behest of UK Research and Innovation, will consider how partnerships between universities and businesses can be strengthened to drive the UK economy.

Collaboration between universities and industry is viewed as critical to the UK’s research and innovation efforts and will play a fundamental part in driving economic recovery and rejuvenation. The taskforce’s job will to provide recommendations to the government as it shapes its R&D Plan.

“The pandemic has shone a spotlight on the importance and value of collaborative working,” said Sam Laidlaw, chair of the NCUB. “Against an unprecedented threat, no singular organization or institution can operate in isolation. Building partnerships not only improves resilience but is a key enabler for new ideas and innovations to be developed. We welcome this exciting opportunity to provide advice and recommendations to UKRI as the country rebuilds post-COVID…. The Government has acknowledged that university and business collaboration will play a crucial role in rebuilding an inclusive, dynamic and resilient economy. Together with the new R&D roadmap, this taskforce will help navigate the nation’s way to economic growth and prosperity.”

Taskforce members will be chosen from UK industry and academic leadership.

In the letter to NCUB, David Sweeney, executive chair of Research England, said “I welcome and support NCUB’s recent campaign to strengthen ties between universities and businesses, building on long-standing partnerships and new links formed in heat of the COVID-19 crisis, to work together for the country’s economic recovery.”

Source: National Centre for Universities and Business

Posted under: University-Industry Engagement Week

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