- Universities – not least the University of Plymouth – play a critical role in the supply and value chains of our business partners.
- Local, regional, and international partnerships and collaborations are essential.
- Education and research are not mutually exclusive. Successful relationships between universities and businesses are dependent on collaboration across both skills and innovation.
- As the NCUB State of the Relationship report in 2020 concluded geographical proximity is important for the levelling up agenda but so are other forms of proximity – organisational, social and institutional. The building of long-term meaningful relationships that support trust and confidence between Government, industry and universities cannot be taken for granted.
- Public and private funding to support research innovation and importantly the clustering of activity in investment zones is vital to ensure delivery of levelling-up objectives and the key Government economic and net zero priorities.
These are different universities, in terms of scale of operation, volume of research income and research intensity. But my experience of the opportunities and the working relationships with business are very similar as well as the type of support and facilities that universities need to invest in to maintain and develop these relationships. In other words, scale does not change what needs to be done.
Judith Petts CBE