Business-University collaboration

Following an exploratory evidence session with Fraunhofer on 28 January 2014, the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee is today announcing a full inquiry into Business-University Collaboration.

Written submissions

Written submissions to the inquiry should be submitted online:

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Call for evidence

Terms of Reference

Written submissions of evidence are invited in answer to the following questions.

The closing date for this call for evidence is Wednesday 23 April 2014.

The strengths and weaknesses of business-university collaboration in the UK and the UK’s performance against international comparators

1. What are the key strengths and weaknesses of the UK’s innovation system in relation to business-university collaboration?

2. How competitive is business-university collaboration in the UK against relevant international comparators?

Effectiveness of Government initiatives to support innovation through business-university collaboration

3. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the Catapult Centre model of business-university collaboration? What areas of research should future Catapult Centres focus on?

4. What steps can be taken to improve the uptake of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), particularly among SMEs?


5. Recent BIS analysis found that the UK exhibits “a sustained, long-term pattern of under-investment in public and private research and development and publicly funded innovation”. How does this affect business-university collaboration in the UK?

6. Will the changes to Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF), proposed in the Witty Review, be successful in increasing university engagement with innovative SMEs?

7. What has been the effect of including commercial ‘impact’ criteria in REF assessments, and should the weighting increase to 25% as suggested in the Witty Review?

8. Will the Government’s focus on the ‘eight great technologies’, as described in the industrial strategy, help to attract inward investment?

9. To what extent is this focus compatible with and complementary to the European Strategy for Key Enabling Technologies?

Local Growth agenda

10. Are Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) (and their counterparts in the rest of the UK) investing as much as they could in innovation and R&D?

11. How can LEPs, universities and Government encourage greater regional R&D investment?

12. How should LEPs direct their allocation of European Structural and Investment Funds in order to maximise increases in R&D output?

13. To what extent will the new University Enterprise Zones encourage business university collaboration?

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  • 09 Sep 2014 - Business-University Collaboration - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF269 KB) HC 1025 | Published 12 Sep 2014

    Evidence given by Dr Malcolm Skingle, Director, Academic Liaison, GlaxoSmithKline, Professor Paul Beasley, Head of Research and Development, Siemens, and Dr Henner Wapenhans, Head of Technology Strategy, Rolls-Royce

  • 08 Jul 2014 - Business-University Collaboration - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF340 KB) HC 1025 | Published 11 Jul 2014

    Evidence given by Iain Gray, Chief Executive Officer, Technology Strategy Board, Professor Jackie Hunter, Impact Champion, Research Councils UK, and Dr David Sweeney, Director, Research, Innovation and Skills, Higher Education Funding Council for England; The Rt Hon the Lord Heseltine of Thenford CH

  • 01 Jul 2014 - Business-University Collaboration - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF333 KB) HC 1025 | Published 03 Jul 2014

    Evidence given by Professor Nigel Thrift, Vice-Chancellor, University of Warwick, Professor Kevin Warwick, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Coventry University, and John Latham, Vice Chancellor, Coventry University; Will Searle, Managing Director, Axillium, Dr Richard Hutchins, Board Member, Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Dr Carl Perrin, Director, The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering, and Tony Harper, Head of Research, Jaguar Land Rover

  • 18 Jun 2014 - Business-University Collaboration - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF300 KB) HC 1025 | Published 23 Jun 2014

    Evidence given by Steve Yianni, Chief Executive, Transport Systems Catapult, Dr Paul Zanelli, Chief Technology Officer, Transport Systems Catapult; Professor Richard Jones, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, University of Sheffield, Professor Greg Marsden, Director of the Institute for Transport Studies, Leeds University and Nigel Foster, Chair of Institute for Transport Studies External Advisory Board

  • 17 Jun 2014 - Business-University Collaboration - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF331 KB) HC 1025 | Published 20 Jun 2014

    Evidence given by Professor Alistair Fitt, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Oxford Brookes University, Nigel Tipple, Chief Executive, Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Professor Ian Walmsley, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research, Academic Services and University Collections, University of Oxford and Professor Nick Veck, Head, CEO Office, Satellite Applications Catapult; Dr Charles King, Operations Director, YASA Motors Ltd, Dr Shpend Gerguri, Senior Lecturer, Engineering Design, Oxford Brookes University, Dr Diana Limburg, Senior Lecturer, Information Management, Oxford Brookes Business School and Michael Dibben, Partner and Chief Executive, Brethertons LLP

  • 10 Jun 2014 - Business-University Collaboration - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF433 KB) HC 1025 | Published 13 Jun 2014

    Evidence given by Professor Alan Hughes, Director of the UK Innovation Research Centre, University of Cambridge, Will Hutton, Chair, Big Innovation Centre and Principal of Hertford College, University of Oxford; Professor Sir Keith O'Nions, President and Rector of Imperial College on behalf of The Russell Group, Dr Tim Bradshaw, Head of Policy for Research and Innovation, The Russell Group, Libby Hackett, Chief Executive, University Alliance, Professor Wendy Purcell, Vice-Chancellor, Plymouth University on behalf of University Alliance; Dr David Docherty, CEO, National Centre for Universities and Business, Professor Graeme Reid, Professor of Science and Research Policy at the University College London on behalf of the National Centre for Universities and Business

  • 28 Jan 2014 - Business-University Collaboration - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF256 KB) HC 1025 | Published 31 Jan 2014

    Evidence given by Professor Martin Dawson, Head, Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics and Research Director, Institute of Photonics, University of Strathclyde, and Professor Graham Wren, Chair, Business Engagement, University of Strathclyde.