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.

Smart Specialisation Conference

The Smart Specialisation Hub is pleased to announce its first Annual Conference. This high-level event will bring together Government, agencies, Local Enterprise Partnerships, Combined Authorities, universities and more to reflect on the essential role place-based innovation and collaboration must play in driving economic growth, increasing productivity and fully leveraging the UK’s leading research and innovation strengths.

Senior representation from BEIS, UKRI and partner organisations will be present, alongside leading academics working in the place policy space.


events0129 Nov 10:30-16:30, London

Please contact info@smartspecialisationhub.org for more information.


Talent 2050: Engineering Skills and Education for the future

The National Centre for Universities and Businesses has launched 'Talent 2050: Engineering skills and education for the future' - a UK-wide study looking to inform thinking on the needs of our engineering and digital education and skills systems into the middle of the century.

NCUB is running a series of workshops across the country looking at how technological change will affect and shape our future engineering skills needs.


events0121 Nov 9:00-11:00, London

27 Nov 9:00-11:00, Birmingham | 17:00-19:00, Southampton

5 Dec 09:30-12:00, Sunderland

10 Dec 09:00-11:00, Glasgow | Registration via email

Please contact paul.jackson@jasia.co.uk for more information.


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 Feb, time TBC, Birmingham 

Please contact events@ncub.co.uk 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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