Debate will highlight university-business collaboration

29 March 2012

Last month Professor Sir Tim Wilson submitted his review of university-business collaboration, commissioned in 2011, to the Secretary of State for Business and Innovation.

Institute of Physics News

This evening at the Royal Society, the R&D Society will host the first public debate of the review’s findings and recommendations, with sponsorship from the University of Surrey and the Institute of Physics.

The review recognises that this country’s economic and social prosperity depend upon a healthy knowledge-based economy, and that universities have a key role to play. 

It acknowledges that great strides have already been made in strengthening business-university collaboration, but with over 50 detailed recommendations it sets an ambitious agenda for the future – to make the UK the best place in the world for university-business collaboration.

Tonight’s discussion will start with a presentation by Sir Tim on the findings of the review, followed by a wider panel discussion involving Sir Tim, Professor Wendy Purcell, Vice Chancellor of the University of Plymouth and Review Panel member, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, Professor Brian Cantor, Vice Chancellor of the University of York, Dr Christopher Beale, Head of Technology Strategy at Rolls-Royce Plc, and Dr Trevor Francis, Chief Technology Officer of Byotrol.

Professor Colin Whitehouse, Chair of the R&D Society, commented:  “The UK’s universities are among the best in the world, and give us a very major advantage in the global competition for inward investment in research-based industries.  Sir Tim Wilson’s review provides a valuable road-map for the way ahead, to ensure that we capitalise fully on this opportunity.”

Martin Buxton-Hoare, Director of Technology Transfer at the University of Surrey agreed: “The University of Surrey is delighted to sponsor this evening’s debate.  We are proud of our track record in building partnerships with industry, and recognise how valuable they have been both to the success of our commercial partners, and to the development of our staff and students.”

John Brindley, Director for Membership and Business at the Institute of Physics, added: “Physics research underpins many technological advances, and the ambition set out in Sir Tim’s review will further enhance its economic contribution it can make. At IOP we are already developing initiatives to help address some of the review’s recommendations such as industrial work placements for students and a web-based knowledge exchange between business and research”. 


Full details of the R&D Society event.

All interested parties are welcome to the discussion.  Please email business@iop.org if you would like to attend.