As an independent and trusted voice, the insight and analysis of NCUB's research team helps our members understand the graduate job market and innovation ecosystem in the UK.

NCUB Research

NCUB research publications work to build the evidence base for university-business collaboration.

This includes busting established myths and assumptions about partnerships between industry and higher education and developing understanding of the collaboration system in the UK (see the collaboration triangle). Our research aims to offer a balanced view, celebrating successful university-business partnerships and identifying the actions needed to increase the breadth, depth and quality of collaboration. 

Read our research reports and research ethics policy.

Research Programmes

NCUB has committed to its funders to deliver two ongoing research programmes:

  • State of the Relationship: NCUB's flagship report series summarising university-business collaboration in the UK. Read More.
  • Skills Demand: Understanding the needs of industry for graduate skills. Read More.
Research Areas

An area of focus for NCUB research is developing understanding of Knowledge Exchange between universities and business, where academic ideas and research are shared while external perspectives are absorbed. Read more. 

The Collaboration Triangle

The collaboration triangle proposes three different sides, or perspectives, from which the complex system of university-business collaboration relationships can be observed and analysed. These perspectives relates to the expectations of the business community, the universities and the funders with regard to an effective functioning of the university-business collaboration system.

In the collaboration triangle, this system of relationships is decomposed into the three main components of activities funded, knowledge created and benefits drawn, whose interactions are monitored and evaluated through different types of evidence. The latter occupies a central connecting position in the triangle, highlighting the importance of sound analytical frameworks and factual evidence for an understanding of the articulated relationships between various elements in each of the three main components.

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