UCI's and NCUB's Innovating during a crisis: The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on how universities contribute to innovation
- Published: Wednesday, 27 January 2021 07:44
- Written by National Centre for Universities and Business
The University Commercialisation and Innovation Policy Evidence Unit at the University of Cambridge (UCI) and NCUB have published a report that investigates the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the ability of universities to contribute to innovation through the crisis and into the economic recovery. Tomas Ulrichsen, Director at UCI, led the study and authored the report.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had profound and devastating effects on societies and economies around the world.The response to the health crisis highlighted the critical importance of productive and effective partnerships between companies, universities, research institutes, public sector agencies, hospitals, charities and others in developing innovative solutions to very urgent problems. Looking forward, such innovation-driven partnerships must be at the heart of approaches to driving economic recoveries and renewal from the pandemic at the global, national and local level.
A strong and resilient system of universities, research institutes and technology development organisations, working in close partnership with the private and public sectors will be crucial to driving an innovation-led economic recovery. However, while there is increasing evidence that the pandemic has caused significant disruption to business R&D and innovation activities, we know much less about how it is affecting universities and their ability to contribute to innovation through the crisis.
In this report UCI explores this issue in depth. UCI draws on the responses of sixty-one senior UK university leaders with responsibilities for their knowledge exchange, innovation and commercialisation to a survey distributed in August/September 2020.