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The National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) has today announced that Phil Smith (Vice-President, Cisco UK & Ireland, right) and Professor Anton Muscatelli (Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Glasgow, below right) have joined the Board of Directors.

Mr Smith and Professor Muscatelli will join existing directors, Richard Greenhalgh (Chairman, NCUB), Professor Eric Thomas (Vice-Chancellor, University of Bristol), Professor Madeleine Atkins (Vice-Chancellor, Coventry University), Martin Read (Non-Executive Director, Invensys, Aegis Group, Lloyd’s), Professor Nigel Thrift (Vice-Chancellor, University of Warwick), Sir Richard Lambert (former Director-General, CBI) and Sir Roger Bone (President, Boeing UK Ltd).

Commenting on their appointment, Richard Greenhalgh, Chairman of NCUB said:

“I am delighted to welcome Phil and Anton to the board. Given the increasing importance that is placed on universities and businesses working together, and our expanded remit since the publication of the Wilson Review, I am excited that their expertise and insight will help the National Centre in our mission to support world-class collaboration and contribute to economic growth and prosperity in the United Kingdom.”

Phil Smith added: “Collaboration between universities and business is critical in an increasingly global economy. I personally value the role that NCUB has to play in advancing this across the United Kingdom, and look forward to joining the board to help progress this agenda.”

Professor Anton Muscatelli added: “From advancing research partnerships to improving and enhancing entrepreneurial and employability skills of students at all stages of their education, NCUB will continue to play an important role across the business and university communities. I am delighted to have been appointed to join the board, at what continues to be a significant time for the economy and our university system across the United Kingdom.

Notes for editors

The National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) develops, promotes and supports 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 ground-breaking research and development, for the benefit of the nation’s economy.

Drawing on the 25 years’ experience of our predecessor body, the Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE), NCUB is committed to a programme of research, policy development and practical partnerships. 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.

NCUB’s Leadership Council includes many of the UK’s most successful businesses and universities.

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