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This event took place on Friday 24 January 2020.

Strong industry and university partnerships are central to leading research and development in the UK. With increasingly complex global challenges, our half-day event will explore the characteristics of successful industry-university partnerships that can drive improved productivity, profitability and innovative solutions to real world problems.

The University of Plymouth is committed to developing industry and business partnerships as part of our 2030 strategy. Using local case studies together with showcasing our solutions for business we will demonstrate the potential for collaboration between academia and business.

Across the University, there are a wide range of health, science, engineering, arts and humanities assets that are working across disciplines to deliver meaningful change. Our event will enable businesses to understand the potential of this resource and for researchers to network with partners with the ambition to innovate.


09:30 | Arrival and registration 

10:00 | Welcome and introductionsProfessor Jerry Roberts, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Enterprise), University of Plymouth

10:10 | Keynote and Q&A: 'Future of the world economy – our role within it' – Hamish McRae, Associate Editor of The Independent Newspaper, Principal Commentator for The Independent and The Independent on Sunday, and a columnist for the London Evening Standard.

11:10 | Coffee and tea break

11:30 | What the University of Plymouth can do to help businessAdrian Dawson, Director of Research and Innovation

11:50 | Case studies of supported businesses

  • Plymouth Boat Trips
  • Cornish Lithium – 'The Transformational Power of Leapfrog'

12:20 | Panel Q&A – chaired by Professor Jerry Roberts

12:25 | Lunch and networking

Who is this event for?
This event is aimed at anybody with an interest in research and development whether they be:

  • a business or academic looking to learn the secrets of successful HE and industry collaborative working
  • a policy maker or economic stakeholder, interested in how to maximise the research and development in our region.

Keynote speaker: Hamish McRae 

Associate Editor of The Independent Newspaper in London, Principal Economic Commentator for The Independent and The Independent on Sunday, and a columnist for the London Evening Standard.

Hamish one of Europe’s foremost speakers on global future trends in economics, business and society.

He is in demand around the world for his lucid insights into the forces such as technology, demography, globalisation, natural resources, and government policies that shape the economy and influence business strategy. He examines likely future scenarios for business, government and society. 

He is an Adjunct Professor at Trinity College, Dublin, and a Governor of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research.

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Research and Innovation

In order to support and deliver the University’s mission, it is Research and Innovation’s strategic intention to drive the exploitation of research and knowledge transfer opportunities to bring significant added value to the University, the wider economy and community.

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European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)

The University of Plymouth is proud to be supported by the European Structural and Investment Funds. The ESIF Growth Programme 2014 - 2020 provides funding for investment in areas to stimulate local growth and jobs, including innovation, research, businesses, sustainability, skills and employment. The ESIF is made up of five different Funds which include the European Social Fund (ESF) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), jointly managed by the European Commission and the EU countries. 

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