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Professor David Price, Vice-Provost (Research), UCL (invited)

  • Supporting the government and the Industrial Strategy in its commitment to increase investment in research and development to 2.4% of GDP by 2027 through attracting business investment in UK universities
  • Outlining the importance of university-business collaboration in supporting Knowledge Exchange (KE) which benefits the UK economy and society through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), training and consultancy
  • Sharing how the NCUB supports universities and businesses in developing partnerships in order to help them transform and grow
  • Exploring NCUB change programmes which help to map out clear and practical solutions for business-university collaborations across different topics in the economic sector

Dr Joe Marshall, Chief Executive, National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) (CONFIRMED)

  • Outlining strategies for enhancing impact and improving partnerships between universities, businesses and research organisations through an additional £7 billion of funding by 2021 in line with the government’s commitment to 2.4% of GDP increase in spending on research and development
  • Discussing the funding landscape available for research across the UK and how the UKRI can support funding opportunities, through funds such as the Expanding Excellence in England (E3) Fund, Strategic Priorities Fund, Global Challenges Research Fund and Strength in Places Fund
  • Exploring the future of the UK research and innovation landscape in line with the Industrial Strategy, including the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

Senior Representative, UKRI (invited)

  • Outlining how knowledge exchange plays a crucial role in the performance of a university through providing opportunities for sharing of ideas and expertise and the commercialisation of research and innovation
  • Sharing ideas for building better collaboration between universities and business to create opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Discussing the funding landscape for knowledge exchange and how this plays a crucial role in the development of commercialised research

Alice Frost, Knowledge Exchange Director, Research England (CONFIRMED)

  • Outlining the key aims and goals of the UK’s International Research and Innovation Strategy published in May 2019
  • Developing international research partnerships to tackle global challenges and create growth
  • Focusing on 7 key themes for developing international research and innovation, including becoming a global partner and a global hub for innovation, bringing together talent and creating a global platform for the technologies of tomorrow

Sam Lister, Acting Director General Industrial Strategy, Science and Innovation Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) (invited)

  • Discussing the £91m boost in research funding for English universities for 2019-20 and how the government is not on track to meet its target of 2.4% spend of GDP on research and development by 2027 with current trends estimating this target will not be reach until 2053
  • Analysing the importance of research and development at the head of the government’s industrial strategy to ensure the UK stays at the forefront of innovation after Brexit and into the future
  • Exploring the opportunities provide through Quality-Related (QR) research funding and how this supports research talent

Stephanie Smith, Head of Policy, Russell Group (CONFIRMED)

  • Outlining the formation, development and success of the N8 Research Partnership between 8 research intensive universities in the North of England
  • Encouraging efficiency in higher education through collaborative processes including equipment sharing and sharing facilities to position the N8 as key innovation hubs with social and economic impact
  • Sharing the N8 vision for 2017-2020 centred on knowledge exchange and innovative engagement activities across businesses, the public sector and society
  • Developing transnational research projects to encourage direct and indirect investment within the north of England and demonstrate its capabilities for transformation and innovation

Dr Annette Bramley, Director, N8 Research Partnership (CONFIRMED)

Gain the latest insights from experts in the higher education sector on creating and developing effective and innovative research strategies, through partnerships and collaboration, to allow for leading and pioneering research projects

  • Analysing how to develop innovative research strategies within a higher education institution through partnerships, knowledge exchange and collaboration
  • Sharing examples of best practice and practical insights for effectively developing research partnerships across universities, businesses and industry
  • Discussing the importance of funding and the different funding opportunities available for the development of research and research partnerships
  • Exploring how to develop research initiatives which offer maximum impact on society and industry to encourage economic growth through new innovations

Ben Sumner, Director of Engagement and Partnerships, Research and Innovation, Financial and Business Services, University of Nottingham (invited)
Ceri Williams, Director of Research and Innovation Development, University of Leeds (invited)
Saniyah Testa, Interim Director of Research and Innovation Services, University of Surrey (invited)
Dr Jon Hunt, Director of Research and Enterprise Development, University of Bristol (invited)
Professor Edward Byrne, Principal and President, King's College London (CONFIRMED)

*Programme subject to change