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Wilson Review of University-Business Collaboration

29 March 2012
The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG

Organised by the Research and Development Society
Sponsored by the University of Surrey and the Institute of Physics

In the Higher Education White Paper, published in June 2011, the Government announced that Professor Sir Tim Wilson, former Vice Chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire and Board member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, had been asked to perform a review as to how best to achieve the Government’s intention.

In a letter acknowledging receipt of the report, Secretary of State for BIS, the Right Hon Vince Cable MP, and the Minister for Science and Universities, the Right Hon David Willetts MP commented that the report highlights a significant number of areas of University-Business collaboration where much good practice already exists in the UK, but also makes an important number of new recommendations regarding key ways in which such collaboration can be yet further strengthened.

The R&D Society will be hosting one of the very first public debates regarding this very important review report on Thursday 29 March 2012, from 17:00 to 20:00 followed by drinks reception.  

Sir Tim will present his report followed by short presentations and a discussion by a panel of leading Vice Chancellors and industrialists representing both blue-chip and SME companies. 

The panel includes Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, Professor Brian Cantor, Vice Chancellor of the University of York, Dr Christopher Beale at Rolls-Royce Plc, and Dr Trevor Francis, CTO of Byotrol, a high-growth SME.


16:30Arrival and registration, tea and coffee reception
17:00Welcome and introduction
Professor Colin Whitehouse, Chair of the Research and Development Society
17:15Review of Business-University Collaboration
Professor Sir Tim Wilson and colleagues
17:45Response from panellists
18:30Tea and coffee break
18:50Response from panellists (continued)
19:15Open forum for debate and discussion
20:00Drinks reception

Registration Fees 

These include refreshments during the event and drinks reception at 20:00.

  • £35 (Members of IOP and R&D Society)
  • £70 (others)

A number of free student places are available on a first come first served basis, and students are very warmly encouraged to join the discussions.

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