2015 was a strong year for membership of the National Centre for Universities and Business, with solid growth of our networks across the UK. We began the year by welcoming The Sage Group, headquartered in Newcastle, quickly followed by Meggitt plc in Dorset.

As the year went on we were delighted to be joined by a diverse range of new University members from Liverpool to Portsmouth, including Chester, Salford, De Montfort, Leicester, Lincoln, East Anglia, and Canterbury Christ Church.

Representation of different business sectors within our membership was also widened, and improved with the addition of  Lockheed Martin, Deloitte Babcock International, Aon, Magna International and Capgemini.

The National Centre was fortunate too with the support and sponsorship of our Talent 2030 initiative – which tracks the number of female students entering GCSE and A-Level physics, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate technology studies – and this year included Rolls Royce, EDF Energy, Centrica and for the first time PepsiCo.

As 2015 drew to a close we were pleased with the growth of our membership in Northern Ireland and warmly welcomed both Queens University Belfast and the University of Ulster.

Increasingly we are mobilising our networks, bringing together businesses and universities to help solve challenges and would love to hear from you if you want to know more about how universities and businesses can collaborate.

We look forward to working with all our members across business and academia during 2016 on the pressing issues of talent development and innovation through our research, programmes, digital solutions and our ever expanding events programme.