Previous Events

Previous Events

Here are NCUB's event highlights from 2018. To keep up to date with our programme, view our upcoming events here, or sign up for our newsletter.​


NCUB Annual Lecture delivered by Sky

Annual Lecture - 19 November (London) / Read the transcript

In ‘What can academia and business learn from each other’ Sky COO and CFO Andrew Griffith explored enhancing the user experience and business models that are fit for the future, in the context of the increasing impact of technology on society.

Followed by a drinks reception, this annual flagship event provided real insight and major networking opportunities, with leaders from universities, business and government in attendance.

About Andrew Griffith:

AGriffithAndrew is Sky’s Group Chief Operating Officer & CFO working across all of Sky’s seven European markets including the UK. He has been a main board director of Sky plc for over ten years and was previously Group CFO. Andrew is also Senior Independent Director and former Interim Chairman of Just Eat plc, the £5.5 billion, FTSE100 UK based consumer technology company.

Andrew joined Sky in 1999 from Rothschild and held a number of senior roles prior to his appointment to the Sky Board in 2008. He has a Law degree from Nottingham University and is a qualified chartered accountant. Andrew is a shareholder in a number of disruptive start-ups.

 

View photos from the Annual Lecture here: 

 


Can we deliver the UK’s Industrial Strategy without degree apprenticeships?

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Conference - 8 November (London)

This one-day conference considered the role of degree apprenticeships in delivering the Government’s Industrial Strategy, closing skills gaps in key sectors and creating new high-value jobs.

It examined the current policy landscape and explore how supply and demand for degree apprenticeships is incentivised. Delegates will discuss and shape a vision for the future of degree apprenticeships and generate recommendations for policy-makers.

Key points from the conference will be shared with DfE by mid-December 2018.

Find out more about degree apprenticeships and what the National Centre is doing in this area.

 


Student wellbeing - Supporting the transition from education to employment

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Roundtables - 4 October, 10 October (London)

The mental health of students has gained wide publicity recently but there has been less attention on the experiences of students during transition into the workplace. Universities and businesses share an interest and responsibility to build resilience and support new graduates to thrive in the workplace.

The final roundtable was held on World Mental Health Day to promote and celebrate the work of our members and NCUB will advise the student mental health charity ‘Student Minds’ on the outcome of the series.

Find out more about student wellbeing and what the National Centre is doing in this area.

 


Social mobility - Enabling opportunities for all

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Roundtables - 16 October, 30 October (London), 1 November (Leeds)

Many NCUB members have expertise in social mobility, yet initiatives have less impact when they occur in isolation. To combat this, our series of focused, cross-sector meetings have brought together the expertise of our business and university members to consider where collaboration could more effectively provide a supportive environment for students and graduates from all backgrounds.

We will seek to use key points and additional evidence emerging from these meetings to influence policy in social mobility.

Find out more about social mobility and what the National Centre is doing in this area.

 


Leveraging university-business collaboration to raise total R&D investment in the UK to 2.4% of GDP

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Roundtables - 11 Septmeber (London), 2 October (Birmingham), 3 October (Manchester), 9 October (London)

Chaired by Professor Graeme Reid, Strategic Advisor to NCUB

The Government’s commitment to 2.4% of GDP investment in research and development by 2027 will require a major increase in business investment in the UK. Historical patterns suggest that strong partnerships between universities and businesses are a significant factor in attracting that investment.

Government has promised to publish a plan for the delivery of its 2.4% commitment during autumn 2018. Key conclusions from these discussions have been submitted to Government and UKRI before the plan is published.

Find out more about raising R&D investment and what the National Centre is doing in this area.

 


Maintaining the UK’s high standing in the world of knowledge exchange

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Roundtables - 18 Septmeber (London), 11 October (London), 25 October (Cardiff), 14 November (Glasgow)

Chaired by Professor Graeme Reid, Strategic Advisor to NCUB

To deliver against the ambitions of the Industrial Strategy, and extract the fullest value from the UK’s research and innovation capabilities, even better university-business collaboration will be required.

In concert with Research England, we have brought together examples of success, ambition and remaining obstacles to better knowledge exchange. These will be submitted to Research England and devolved funding bodies to build on earlier NCUB advice on the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF). This latest NCUB advice will coincide with the next stage in the development of the KEF.

Find out more about knowledge exchange and what the National Centre is doing in this area.

 


State of the Relationship 2018

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Report launch - 26 June (London)

The launch event for NCUB's flagship publication was held at Bush House, King's College London. The event kicked off with NCUB Chairman Sam Laidlaw's address, followed by Dr Joe Marshall's introduction of the key findings of the 2018 State of the Relationship Report.

 

The evening continued with a panel discussion with:

David Sweeney, Executive Chair of Research England finished off with reflections on the state of university/business collaborations in 2018.

Browse the 2018 State of the Relationship report online.

View photos from the report launch here:

 


Knowledge Exchange Framework

events01Roundtables - 17 April, 12 April, 27 March, 1 March, 8 February, 30 January, 10 January

NCUB hosted a series of roundtables to inform our response to the HEFCE-led consultation on the development of a Knowledge Exchange Framework announced by Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation.

Chaired by Professor Graeme Reid, Strategic Advisor at NCUB and Research England Council Member, the roundtables engaged NCUB members on the consultation, feeding in views, ideas and suggestions from both universities and businesses.

Find out more about knowledge exchange and what the National Centre is doing in this area. 

 


NCUB Degree Apprenticeships Report

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The launch event for the report "Degree Apprenticeships: supporting talent development and social mobility"  included keynote addresses from Nicola Turner MBE (HEFCE - now Office for Students), Dr Katherine Barclay (Institute for Apprenticeships), Dr Joe Marshall, (NCUB) who spoke about addressing some of the policy challenges captured in the report.

The report shines a light on how Degree Apprenticeships are influencing the development of employers’ talent strategies and the ways in which they can contribute to social mobility. It also highlights a number of policy challenges affecting their implementation and the future talent landscape.

The keynotes were followed by a discussion on future policy priorities for Degree Apprenticeships.

Find out more about degree apprenticeships and what the National Centre is doing in this area.

 


Higher Education Business and Community Interaction

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Conference - 14 February 2018

HEFCE began discussions with the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) about conducting a review of the The Higher Education Business and Community Interaction (HE-BCI) survey and asked the National Centre for Universities and Business to convene a one-day event to seek views from the community on a proposed review.

Directors of enterprise, heads of KE teams, technology transfer professionals and researchers in the field of university innovation attended NCUB's conference on 14th February at the London Campus of the University of Liverpool.

The event saw presentations from Dan Cook (HESA) as well as David Sweeney (HEFCE/Research England) and attendees had the opportunitiy to share their views.

 


Consultation on Accelerated Degrees

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Roundtables - 10 & 11 January 2018

In order to respond to the Department for Education's  proposal for a series of measures aimed at increasing provision of and demand for accelerated degrees in England, NCUB held two roundtable discussions in January bringing together representatives of universities, businesses and colleagues from HEFCE.

 

The roundtables explored:

  • the areas of higher and lower likely demand for accelerated degree courses – in terms of types of courses, and providers
  • the benefits for individuals from different backgrounds or at different points in life, such as mature students
  • how the new regulatory framework and regulator could support their widespread and rapid adoption
  • the impact for employers of increasing numbers of accelerated degree graduates in the available workforce
  • how to raise awareness and improve understanding of accelerated degrees – for potential students and employers as well as providers

NCUB Chair's Reception

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Networking event - 10 January 2018

The annual chair’s reception was hosted by Sam Laidlaw and Lord Willetts. Held at the House of Commons, senior business and university leaders, and policy-makers joined a unique, high-level networking event and had the chance to meet our Board and Council of Leaders.

 

View photos from the Chair's Reception here:

 

 

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