Business-university collaborations have continued to be successful, despite facing the significant economic and societal upheaval caused by the pandemic. 

Data from the NCUB’s State of the Relationship 2022 report demonstrates that between 2019/2020 and 2020/2021, the number of interactions between universities and businesses decreased by just 2%. Further analysis of the interaction data uncovered that specific commercialisation activities, such as patent registrations increased by 11% annually, with a 4.5% increase in university spinouts surviving at least three years.