With the year slowly but surely coming to an end, we’ve rounded up our website’s most read success stories of 2019, a fantastic showcase of the diverse ways universities and industry are working together to solve the country’s challenges.

Succetories are case studies of university-business collaboration that demonstrate best practice from our members and partners. From degree apprenticeships to work based courses, new hires and science parks, here are the top 10 success stories that have peaked your interest the most this year; and we hope they’ll inspire you to keep on collaborating in 2020.

10. The Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship is elevating leaders in the workplace

Many readers took to Pearson College London’s story on the Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship (SLMDA) – a forward thinking apprenticeship standard, developed by a group of employers led by Serco, in liaison with the Chartered Management Institute, designed to develop essential skills for modern leaders. Read the full story here.

9. Transforming research commercialisation: the Northern Accelerator story

The Northern Accelerator – an innovative collaboration between Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria and Sunderland Universities – is accelerating the translation of world-class research into commercial opportunities, forming sustainable businesses and creating more and better jobs in the North East. Read the full story.

8. Working in partnership to deliver a high-quality Degree Apprenticeship

In early 2015, a few months after Manchester Metropolitan University took a leading role in the creation of the UK’s first Degree Apprenticeship standard, Lloyds Banking Group reached out to the University to provide higher education insight. It quickly became clear that the two organisations shared a vision for the potential of Degree Apprenticeships – and they have maintained close working links ever since. Read the full story.

7. Smart Energy Network study launches at London South Bank University

A dynamic smart energy network designed to supply sustainable energy to local business districts of the future is being trialled by London South Bank University and business partners – one of many important initiatives to help the Capital deliver the Mayor of London’s goal of becoming a zero-carbon city by 2050. Read the full story.

6. More than just a science park: Thornton

The University of Chester has grown its role as an anchor institution in the North West economy, helping to support local growth and productivity. The University’s Thornton Science Park features purpose-built laboratories, conference, teaching and industrial facilities to provide exemplary practical experience and learning opportunities. Read the full story.

5. One startup’s journey through Imperial’s entrepreneurial ecosystem

From a student team at the 2014 iGEM competition, to a business with office and lab space at one of London’s leading science-focused incubators, Puraffinity’s journey highlights the breadth and interaction of knowledge exchange and entrepreneurial support structures at Imperial College London. Read the full story.

4. New role to strengthen links between Newcastle University and the community

Jane Robinson is Newcastle University’s first Dean of Engagement and Place, a new position created this year to help the University create stronger local partnerships and build on the social and economic contribution it makes locally and internationally. Read the full story.

3. UK’s first undergraduate degree for social change

Queen Mary University of London launched a Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship, specifically designed for the social sector, which includes charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. This undergraduate programme is the first of its kind in the UK and makes for our third most read success story of the year. Read the full story.

2. UK’s first ‘Faculty on the Factory Floor’ creates industry-ready graduates

A joint collaboration between Coventry University and Unipart Manufacturing, the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) saw its second cohort graduate in style this year, with many of the industry-ready engineers going into high-profile jobs. Read the full story.

1. ‘Techstars’ entrepreneurs fuel Devon’s creative economy

Entrepreneurial spirit is thriving in Devon, thanks to an innovative new scheme run by the University of Plymouth. The Techstars Startup Weekend brought together like-minded developers, business professionals, entrepreneurs and marketing enthusiasts, with new tech-based ideas pitched to a panel of industry judges. Read the full story.