What We Do

What We Do

The National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) develops, supports and promotes world-class collaboration between universities and business across the UK.

Our aim is to find practical ways of harnessing the talent being developed in our universities and the UK’s strength in groundbreaking research and development for the benefit of the nation’s economy.

How do we do this? By bringing together key individuals from business and universities.

Vice Chancellors and business leaders sit together on the unique NCUB Leadership Council, which directs the work of the NCUB and leads university-business collaboration from the very highest level. Find out more about the Leadership Council.

NCUB Task Forces take the same approach of bringing together the very best from universities and business, but focus on particular economic sectors or issues. NCUB facilitates leaders and experts in their fields to work together to identify and solve problems. View NCUB Task Forces.

Where the Task Forces and Leadership Council make recommendations for action, NCUB carries them out through a range of projects in our two priority areas:

As an independent and trusted voice, NCUB works to build the evidence base for collaboration through our extensive research programme. This includes our flagship annual State of the Relationship report that summarises university-business engagement across the UK. Find out more about our research or read our reports.

Our Events include our unique Chairs' Breakfasts and the NCUB Annual Lecture. Find out more about our events

NCUB's website and social media offer a platform to share best practice and inspirational case studies. 

NCUB is the only organisation bringing together universities and business to influence government and solve the country's challenges.

Browse What We Do:

The Leadership Council
Task Forces NCUB Talent Projects NCUB Innovation Projects
Growing Value: Scotland 50 Under 30 Network Brighton Fuse
Food Economy  Global Graduates Growing Value
Enhancing Value Student Employability Index London Fusion
Creative, Digital & IT Talent 2030 Smart Specialisation Hub 
Engineering & Manufacturing Quality Placements Brokerage (in development)
 Digital Healthcare and Healthy Living Women In Leadership  
Research Events Website
Research Reports Annual Lecture Website Events
State of the Relationship Chairs' Breakfasts Contribution Guidelines
Skills Demand 
Report Launches Social Media
Knowledge Exchange Past Events Sitemap
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