Weekly News Roundup for NCUB Members

Weekly News Roundup for NCUB Members

A key membership benefit of the National Centre for Universities and Business, NCUB's weekly news roundup is issued to members every Friday.

NCUB weekly newsletter banner

The National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) is an independent and not-for-profit membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports university-business collaboration across the UK. NCUB is here to inspire universities and business to work together for sustainable growth and prosperity.

To keep our members and partners informed about all that’s happening in the university-business collaboration landscape, NCUB has launched a Weekly News Roundup, which provides those within business and higher education with the latest policy and economic developments, best practice and analysis in the convenient form of an e-newsletter.

Sign me up

What to expect from NCUB’s Weekly News Roundup

Launched in March 2019, the newsletter is delivered to subscribers' inboxes every Friday morning at 6:30am.

The weekly e-newsletter is a great way for NCUB members get the latest updates on our work and research, with weekly insights from our Policy and Engagement Team, stories from our university and business members and partners, and a digest of each week's news, including headlines on research and innovation, skills and talent and the place agenda.

In each edition of our newsletter, readers will find a 'number of the week' highlighting facts and stats that have grabbed our attention; a 'featured member' amplifying the initiatives and projects of our memberships; as well as exciting funding calls from our innovation brokerage platform konfer, from smaller £10k grants to £1million+ grants, across many sectors from Agriculture to 5G.

How to sign up

1. Confirm Your Membership

To receive the newsletter, your institution needs to be a member of the National Centre for Universities and Business. You can view our members here or get in touch if you are unsure about your NCUB membership.

Not yet a member? To learn more about the benefits of being part of the NCUB network, browse our Membership pages or contact our Membership Team.

2. Email Us

Once you've confirmed that your institution is a member of NCUB, please contact us using the button below to sign up for the Weekly News Roundup. A member of our Team will add you to our mailing list and confirm your subscription.

Sign me up
Expand for more
Innovation, regional economic growth, and the UK’s productivity problem

Amongst the UK’s most pressing economic problems is the profound disparities in economic performance between different regions.

Celebrating the “transformational impact” on insurance policy wording

A collaboration between the University of Nottingham and law firm Browne Jacobson LLP has led to a “transformational impact” on how the firm drafts insurance policies.

Training the Nursing Associates of tomorrow

Teesside University’s School of Health and Life Sciences and Maria Mallaband Care Group are working together to train care assistants to become Nursing Associates.

UWE Bristol’s Digital InnovationFund: Now is the time to innovate

In response to Covid-19, UWE Bristol has launched a Digital Innovation Fund to help businesses to innovate during these turbulent times.

Finding an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease

The University of Sussex is working with TauRx Therapeutics Ltd, which aims to commercialise products for the diagnosis, treatment and cure of neurodegenerative diseases.

Loughborough University research supports ResilienceDirect

Loughborough University has worked with the Cabinet Office and Airbox Systems to provide surface water flood nowcasting for the UK Government’s new ResilienceDirect mapping platform.

University of Nottingham SME productivity programme re-purposed to help economic recovery

SMEs can benefit from fully-funded University of Nottingham expertise through a programme to help economic recovery.

Consultancy – a great way to innovate

Businesses can collaborate with universities in a variety of ways, spanning a few hours’ expert advice, specialist teams working on long-term projects and access to world-class R&D facilities.

Innovation and public intervention during the COVID-19 crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic provides a first-class opportunity for innovation to shine.

Durham University: A partnership approach to easing lockdown

In a partnership spanning seven years, Durham University and IBM have been working together in key areas such as research, teaching and learning, recruitment, and other outreach activities.

Working with business throughout your academic career: working with and spinning out your own business

Academic collaboration with industry is becoming increasingly important, with the evolution of REF and the significance attached to impact.

Loughborough University: Smart homes flatten peak energy demand

Research undertaken by Loughborough University’s CREST – in partnership with STA and Advance Further Energy – reveals the positive impacts of domestic smart energy technologies.

Graduate startup selected for NHS-Government initiative to tackle social isolation during Covid-19

Loughborough University telecare startup was selected for Techforce 19, to find digital solutions to support the vulnerable during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Business partnership with The Open University and video company

Executive Interviews embarked on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) which link a business with an academic or research organisation and a graduate, with the Open University.

SEPnet wins £370k to fund collaborative PhDs with SMEs

The University of Surrey will lead a SEPnet project to launch collaborative PhD opportunities with SMEs.

Long term collaboration – materially successful?

For decades, Rolls-Royce has collaborated with experts from academia, progressing the science and understanding that underpins its product base in fiercely competitive global markets.

Partnership for Innovation in Education Project enables 104 collaborations

The Partnership for Innovation in Education project is an innovative and collaborative initiative.

Prosiect Partneriaeth Arloesi ym myd Addysg yn galluogi 104 o gydweithrediadau

Mae'r prosiect Partneriaeth Arloesi ym myd Addysg yn fenter arloesol a chydweithredol a ariennir gan Gyngor Cyllido Addysg Uwch Cymru

Novel organ preservation device to reduce transplant waiting list

A novel system that preserves the condition of donor organs for longer, is easy to transport and affordable, has been developed by Newcastle University and ScubaTx™.

Scoping for the Development and hosting of the SŴN Conference in South East Wales

The Strategic Insight Programme (SIP) allowed education and industry partners to establish strategic relationships through short term placements

Cwmpasu Datblygu a Chynnal Cynhadledd SŴN yn Ne-ddwyrain Cymru

Roedd y Rhaglen Cy-ddealltwriaeth strategol (SIP) yn caniatáu i bartneriaid addysg a diwydiant sefydlu perthynas strategol drwy leoliadau tymor byr

The University of Oxford’s Vice-Chancellor’s Innovation Awards

The University of Oxford’s Vice-Chancellor’s Innovation Awards recognise and celebrate high-quality research-led innovation at all levels.

Identifying TV industry skills gaps and training needs in Wales

The Strategic Insight Programme (SIP) allowed education and industry partners to establish strategic relationships through short term placements.

Adnabod bylchau sgiliau ac anghenion hyfforddi’r diwydiant teledu yng Nghymru

Roedd y Rhaglen Cyd-ddealltwriaeth Strategol (SIP) yn caniatáu i bartneriaid addysg a diwydiant sefydlu perthynas strategol drwy leoliadau tymor byr.

USW Exchange and South Wales Business School launch SME support series, BizX

BizX, an online SME support series officially launches this month to USW's business community.

Cyfnewidfa PDC a Ysgol Fusnes De Cymru yn lansio cyfres cefnogi BBACH, BizX

Mae BizX, cyfres cefnogi BBACH ar-lein, sy'n cael ei chyd-ddatblygu gan Jonathan Deacon (Athro marchnata, ysgol fusnes De Cymru) a Chris Wright (Rheolwr USW Exchange) yn lansio'n swyddogol y mis hwn i gymuned fusnes PDC.

Loughborough University partners with Torpey on the hurley of the future

Loughborough University has collaborated with leading sports equipment manufacturer Torpey as it launches the hurley of the future.

Prestigious award win for MMU's smart mobile water device developed in industry collaboration

A collaboration between MMU and a local manufacturer to develop a smart mobile water metering device has won a top award for university-industry projects.

New Industrial Policy and Insight Centre to accelerate manufacturing in the Midlands

A new Centre aimed at boosting manufacturing in the Midlands has been launched at Loughborough University.

The Access Group welcomed to new global HQ

Leicestershire County Council and Loughborough University celebrated completion of global HQ for The Access Group at Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park.

New Centre to improve sustainability within the UK chemical industry

Loughborough University will lead a new Government initiative to revolutionise resource management in the UK’s £32 billion chemical industry

Loughborough University leads development of unique health app

Experts at Loughborough University have teamed up with Holland and Barrett to create a unique personalised health and fitness app.

New Covid-19 RNA test gives accurate results within minutes

University of Birmingham researchers have invented a COVID-19 test that reduces testing time from 30 minutes to under five, and delivers accurate results. 

Keele celebrates four years of business support with relaunch of Keele Gateway

Keele University has supported the growth and development of hundreds of local businesses since its Business Gateway was launched four years ago.

What are the emerging impacts of COVID-19 on the graduate labour market?

Charlie Ball, Head of Higher Education Intelligence for Prospects at Jisc, has been monitoring the impact of Covid-19 on the labour market, particularly for graduates.

University of Birmingham launches new Student Knowledge Exchange Project

The University of Birmingham, in partnership with Keele University has launched the ‘Student Knowledge Exchange Re-imagined’ project.

Loughborough University technology aims to revolutionise drinks industry

Loughborough University researchers have developed a new platform technology that provides rapid screening of microorganisms in drinks,

How has Covid-19 impacted policy priorities?

Alice Gast, President of Imperial College London, explains why now is the time to invest more, not less in research and innovation.

Keele launches plan to aid local post-pandemic recovery

Keele University has partnered with key local & regional organisations to launch ambitious plans to strengthen the area’s recovery.

Fostering Collaborations in Digital and Data Science

Greg Slabaugh, Professor of Computer Vision and AI at QMUL suggests 12 simple ways for businesses to collaborate with a university in digital and data science.

Molecular ‘cookie cutter’ technique could provide key for Covid drug discovery

University of Birmingham researchers are working to isolate and extract COVID-19, for future anti-viral drugs.

Huge productivity increase and cost-savings from KTP

Saltburn-based Peel Jones Copper Products is set to grow capacity by 15% per year thanks to a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Teesside University.

University of Sussex anti-fungal compounds could save crops and lives

The University of Campinas in Brazil is collaborating with the University of Sussex to combat a fungal disease which has decimated cocoa production.

A flexible solution for autonomous learning

Birmingham City University has used a specially adapted Sage Qualifications course to help give Accounting students crucial skills for the future.

University of Sussex spin-out uses machine learning for flood risk simulations

Ambiental Risk Analytics has teamed up with a newly established University of Sussex spin out company to automate the calibration of flood risk simulations.

Improving competitiveness and productivity through KTPs

KTPs are a cost-effective way to undertake commercially orientated R&D by accessing research expertise your organisation may not have in-house.

Finding nano-scale technological solutions to real world problems

Alan Dalton, Professor of Materials Physics at the University of Sussex, has developed a way of producing nanomaterial inks and assembling them into coatings.

Graduate startup revolutionising prosthetics

How a Loughborough University graduate startup is transforming the manufacture and distribution of prosthetic limbs.

Turning ideas into £36 million with the University of Sussex

Biopharmaceutical company Enterprise Therapeutics is working with the University of Sussex to build research and expertise in the UK’s increasingly vibrant biotechnology sector.

Opportunity for 100 women to retrain in tech

One hundred women across the north and midlands will have the chance to retrain in the digital sector thanks to a new online programme.

Creating SUSTAINable supply chains

Researchers at Loughborough University are working with organisations to develop environmentally sustainable, cost-effective and resilient supply chains.

Degree apprenticeships: an SME perspective

Managing Partner at Elliott Associates, David Pearson, discusses why the business is a firm advocate of Degree Apprenticeships.

University of Birmingham partners with Birmingham City Council to deliver degree apprenticeships

The University of Birmingham has signed an agreement with Birmingham City Council to address skills gap.

Sheffield Hallam launches research centre for physical activity

Sheffield Hallam University has opened a research centre for developing innovations that will increase physical activity and improve population health.

Innovative event format to successfully engage with SMEs

AIMday is a bespoke academic-industry networking event format, which has been licenced out to 17 universities worldwide.

Driving Innovation: industry and university solving modern challenges

Highlights of an event showcasing successful industry-university partnerships at the University of Plymouth.

Research funding, universities and the place agenda

Examining the relationship between R&D and local economic growth seemed like a timely topic for the 9th roundtable in LSBU’s ongoing Policy Breakfast Series.

First Masterships students celebrate success

The UK’s first eMBA students to graduate on the Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship standard are celebrating excellent results from Cranfield University.

Lifelong learning key to plugging skills shortages

New employees need transferable skills to adapt to the changing needs of the organisation and to fill any shortages that may arise in future.

Crowdfunding your way to success

When you team up an entrepreneur who is launching an innovative new app with an ARU academic with expertise in real-world business economics, both parties benefit.

Abertay unveils £5.5m School of Design and Informatics

A new £5.5m videogames and cyber security space at Abertay University has been hailed “an important investment in Scotland’s future".

Engines of knowledge and growth in Scotland

A major report focused on how Scotland’s universities can improve engagement with industry and boost contribution to economic growth is underway.

SETsquared ranked global #1 university business incubator for third time

The SETsquared Partnership has been ranked the global number one university business incubator by leading research and advisory firm, UBI Global.

A thriving and inclusive graduate enterprise ecosystem

 Over the years, many companies, including numerous household names, have been launched by Loughborough graduates.

Cranfield and Network Rail launch supply chain and logistics educational partnership

Network Rail and Cranfield School of Management have agreed an educational partnership.