University-SME Interaction report launch

Join us for the launch of NCUB’s new report exploring trends in university-SME engagement.

The webinar will present findings on the changing and challenging state of university-SME engagement, following a series of roundtables and deep-dives with universities and business representatives into the health of collaboration.

Join speakers to understand the action needed to address challenges to university-SME collaboration including:

  • Professor Graeme Reid, Chair of Science and Research Policy at University College London
  • Professor Paul Noon OBE, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise and Innovation) Coventry University, and CEO (CU Services Ltd)
  • Dr Roni Savage, accredited SILC, Chartered Geologist, Chartered Engineer, Fellow of ICE, Honorary Fellow of RIBA, and Chartered member of CIWM

Details of the event are as follows:

Online: Zoom

Date and time: Wednesday 19 June 2024, 1-2pm

Sign up for the session here.

About the event:

Universities play a critical role in boosting the performance of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) through collaborative efforts like joint research, technology transfer, and knowledge exchange.

These partnerships create benefits across the board, providing SME’s with solutions, new knowledge, and enhancing their competitiveness. Universities gain real-world problems to solve, fostering applied research with direct applications. The outcomes drive innovation and economic growth.

However, financial instability post-pandemic has hindered SMEs’ ability to innovate due to debt and tighter lending conditions for research and development (R&D). The funding landscape has fragmented, impacting universities’ ability to engage with SMEs.

Bridging this funding gap is vital, especially with the absence of European Regional Development funding (ERDF). Challenges like access to skilled labour and government funding also require urgent attention.

The National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) conducted UK-wide roundtables to address issues affecting SME-university collaboration, emphasizing SMEs’ role in economic recovery and innovation-led growth. This webinar launches the report and shares key findings.


19 Jun 2024


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


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