Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

In addition to providing insights on topics that sit at the heart of our modern collaborative world, NCUB events act as networking opportunities that encourage leaders from universities, businesses and government to interact and have their voices heard.

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At the National Centre, we aim to break down the barriers between key figures from universities and businesses, allowing you to network, share your expertise and perspectives, and find new ways to collaborate, feeding into public policy.

To suggest topics for future events, programmes, research or reports, or for any questions, please email events@ncub.co.uk.

HE-BCI Survey Conference

The Higher Education Business and Community Interaction (HE-BCI) is a key dataset covering university-business interactions and wider interactions with society. As with most data returns, improvements and changes should be made as the environment changes. These are balanced against the needs to keep the survey data consistent and comparable, and consideration of the data-collection burden.

Research England and HESA are reviewing the HE-BCI survey and has asked the National Centre for Universities and Business to convene a one-day event to seek views from the community. Of interest to directors of enterprise, heads of KE teams, technology transfer professionals and researchers in the field of University innovation, the one-day conference will take place on 28th February 2019 in Birmingham. It will be an opportunity to bring key stakeholders involved in knowledge exchange together to feed views from the community on the proposed review. 


events0128 February 10am-4pm, The Studio Birmingham, 7 Cannon street, Birmingham B2 5EP 

Please contact events@ncub.co.uk to register your interest.


Talent 2030 National Engineering Competition for Girls

Talent 2030 is an ambitious campaign powered by the National Centre for Universities and Business to encourage more talented young females to pursue careers in STEM.

Sponsored by Rolls-Royce, PepsiCo and Centrica, the Talent 2030 National Engineering Competition for Girls invites girls to solve the major challenges of the 21st century, showing how engineering makes a difference to people and the planet. The competition is free to enter and offers girls the chance to win £500 for themselves and £500 for their school.


T2030events14 December - Competiton closes

22 February - Judging panel meets

16 March - Shortlisted finalists attend The Big Bang Fair 2019

Please contact contact@talent2030.org for more information.


State of the Relationship 2019 Report Launch

The State of the Relationship is NCUB's flagship report series which summarises university-business collaboration across the UK and provides an authoritative source on the spread and quality of collaboration activity taking place in the sector.

The launch event for NCUB's flagship publication State of the Relationship Report 2019 will be held in June.

The State of the Relationship Report 2018 was launched at Bush House, King's College London, and included an address from NCUB Chairman Sam Laidlaw, followed by Dr Joe Marshall's introduction of the key findings and a panel discussion with Helen Higson (Provost and Vice-Chancellor, Aston University), Katherine Hannah (Head of UK Innovation Engagement, Cisco), and Ian Robinson (Director Public sector and Educastion, HSBC). David Sweeney, Executive Chair of Research England, finished off with reflections on the state of university-business collaborations in 2018.


events01June, time TBC, London 

Please contact sor@ncub.co.uk for more information or sign up to our mailing list to register your interest in submitting a case study.



About our signature events:


NCUB roundtables provide a forum for members to explore and discuss current topics, drawing on their unique expertise.

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Report Launches

NCUB publications work to build the evidence base for university-business collaboration. Our report launch events present the results of our research, task forces and projects to our members. These events allow us to communicate our independent and trusted findings and foster debate through speeches, expert panels and discussions.

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  • Click here for previous report launches

Chair’s Reception

The Annual NCUB Chair’s Reception gives fresh insight into the direction of the National Centre and allows a unique mix of senior business and university leaders to network.

  • Click here for previous Chair’s Receptions

Annual Lecture

The Annual Lecture is given each year by a university or business leader, exploring the university-business relationship, and includes an interactive Q&A session with the invited audience.

Past speakers have included Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, former Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, speaking on business-university partnerships for a globally-competitive UK; Gavin Patterson, Chief Executive of the BT Group, discussing global innovation and the role that UK universities play, Ruby McGregor-Smith, former CEO of Mitie, speaking on women in leadership, and Sky COO and CFO Andrew Griffith exploring what academia and business can learn from each other.

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