Scotland has been at the forefront of innovation, design and development since the Scottish Enlightenment. And now, following the result of the independence referendum, and at the beginning of a crucial period for the future of Scotland, a new task force will consider the challenges, opportunities and competitiveness for the future of the Scottish research base.
Co-chaired by Rob Woodward (Chief Executive, STV Group plc) and Professor Sir Ian Diamond (Principal & Vice-Chancellor, University of Aberdeen), Growing Value: Scotland will bring together leading experts and leaders from across industry and academia to identify and prioritise actions specific to Scotland that will enhance the value of publicly-funded research and business-university collaboration.
Growing Value Scotland builds on the previous work of the UK-wide Growing Value Task Force – led by David Eyton (Global Head of Research & Development, BP) and Professor Dame Shirley Pearce (then Vice-Chancellor, Loughborough University). Growing Value: Scotland will publish its final findings and recommendations in January 2016.
Rob Woodward, Chief Executive of STV Group plc and co-chair of the Task Force said:
“As Scotland renegotiates its place in the Union ensuring economic sustainability is vital. Scotland and the rest of the UK will only preserve our key role in the world economy if we can lead the way in research and development.”
“Businesses and academia have much to offer each other in terms of talent, research, and expertise and this task force will help to find ways to improve those interactions in Scotland.”
Professor Sir Ian Diamond, Principal & Vice-Chancellor of University of Aberdeen and co-chair of the Task Force said:
“The Scottish research and development landscape exists in an incredibly competitive world. It’s only by identifying its strengths and weaknesses as well as the opportunities it has to expand that we will be able to ensure the success of it and the wider Scottish economy.
“Academia has much to learn from the world of business and vice versa to make sure that graduates are leaving with the right skills, companies have access to the most exciting research and we are creating the innovative businesses that will ensure the growth of the Scottish economy.”
Dr David Docherty, Chief Executive of the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) added:
“This is a time of unprecedented change in Scotland and it’s vital that we have a full understanding of the shape of Scottish research and development in order to plan for the future.
“It is crucial that higher education and business works together to understand the opportunities that exist for them and their students and employees.”
Michael Russell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education, said:
“Scotland is globally recognised for pioneering research and seizing the economic benefits that can be created through true collaboration. We’ve clearly seen from our Innovation Centres, which bring industry and academia together, the potential to not only generate investment, but to further extend the reach of research.
“This new Task Force can play a vital role in supporting the excellent work already being done through Innovation Scotland to enhance university-business engagement, further highlighting the excellent research base available here in Scotland and encouraging even greater collaboration in the future.”
Growing Value: Scotland Task Force Members:
|Task Force Co-Chairs|
|Professor Sir Ian Diamond||Principal and Vice-Chancellor||University of Aberdeen|
|Rob Woodward||Chief Executive||STV Group|
|Stephen Blackman||Group Economist||Royal Bank of Scotland|
|Dr. David Docherty||Chief Executive||NCUB|
|Professor Peter Downes||Principal and Vice-Chancellor||University of Dundee|
|Professor Anton Muscatelli||Principal and Vice-Chancellor||University of Glasgow|
|Louise Alford||HR Director, Customer Service Group||BSkyB|
|Robert Calderwood||Chief Executive||NHS Greater Glasgow|
|Dr. Alasdair Cameron||Executive Director||AURIL|
|Professor Jon Cooper||Vice- Principal Innovation & Knowledge Exchange||University of Glasgow|
|Dr. Iain Gray||Chief Executive||Innovate UK|
|Professor Paul Hagan||Director Research & Innovation||Scottish Funding Council|
|Dr. Bridget McConnell||Chief Executive of Culture and Sport||Glasgow City Council|
|Professor Andrea Nolan||Principal and Vice Chancellor||Edinburgh Napier University|
|Sir Timothy O’Shea||Principal and Vice-Chancellor||University of Edinburgh|
|Professor Rick Rylance||Chief Executive
RCUK Executive Group
|Tim Summers||Group Manager Digital Networking||Freescale EMEA|
|Chris van der Kuyl||Chief Executive||brightsolid|
|Dr. Rebekah Widdowfield||Head of Higher Education||Scottish Government|
|Charlotte Wright||Sector and Business Development Director||Highlands and Islands Enterprise|
The National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) brings together leaders from across higher education and business to tackle issues of share interest and broker collaboration across the United Kingdom. From facilitating collaborative R&D, to developing the entrepreneurial and employability skills of students at all stages of their education, NCUB is working to support UK business and higher education in a competitive global market.
For further information on the work of the task force, please contact Sally Devine, on 0207 383 7667 or by emailing Sally.Devine@ncub.co.uk