Task Forces

Task Forces

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A National Centre Task Force brings together the very best from universities and business to focus on a particular economic sector or issue. The National Centre facilitates leaders and experts in their fields to work together to identify and solve problems.

Each Task Force consists of a steering group of senior figures to co-ordinate the Task Force's work, co-chaired by one business and one university leader, and one or more working groups of experts that examine issues in depth.

The Task Forces produce reports with case studies and recommendations for further action and policy changes.

They have a proven track record of real impact through both resulting projects and influencing government.


Active Task Forces

R&D Roadmap Taskforce

NCUB has been asked to launch a new Taskforce to advise on the future of UK R&D. The Taskforce, requested by UK Research and Innovation, will consider how partnerships between universities and businesses can be strengthened and maximised to drive growth and prosperity. Collaboration between universities and business is at the centre of the UK’s research and innovation system and will play a fundamental part in driving economic recovery and rejuvenation. The Taskforce will provide recommendations to Government as it shapes its R&D Plan. Read more.


Completed Task Forces

Digital Health and Care Task Force

Evidence has suggested that the UK does not lack innovation in many areas of potently transformative medical technology; it lacks however the ability to adopt and disseminate this technology at scale, and at the heart of this challenge is the mobilisation of the digitally aware and educated workforce.

As part of its long-running programme of growing business-university collaboration, the National Centre for Universities and Business launched a top level Digital Health and Care Task Force to review and make recommendations on the innovation and graduate skills necessary to strengthen the UK’s position.

Read the reports:

Growing Value Scotland Task Force

The Growing Value Scotland Task Force considered the challenges and opportunities for the future of Scottish innovation; building on the foundations laid by NCUB's UK-wide Growing Value project, and the Enhancing Value Task Force.

Read the reports:

Growing Potential: Scotland

Growing Potential: Scotland’s Innovation Step Change was established in early 2017 as the legacy implementation phase of the Growing Value Scotland (GVS) Taskforce (2014-2016).

Growing Value Wales Task Force

The Growing Value Wales Task Force brought together key individuals from the private and higher education sectors to focus on practical ways of harnessing the talent being developed in our universities and our strength in ground-breaking research and development for the benefit of the nation’s economy.

Read the reports:

Food Economy Task Force

The Food Economy Task Force was an NCUB led initiative that looked at ways of boosting the UK's food economy through world-class collaboration between businesses, universities and government.

Enhancing Value Task Force

The Enhancing Value Task Force was launched in 2011 in conjunction the UK-Innovation Research Centre (UK-IRC) to answer the question: How do we make the most of the UK's research base?

Creative, Digital and IT Task Force

The creative, digital and information technology (CDIT) industries form a multi-trillion dollar market. Our Creative, Digital and IT Task Force set out to answer the question: How can the UK remain competitive in these growing global markets?

Engineering and Manufacturing Task Force

The UK manufacturing base remains a strong and vital component of the economy. The rise of emerging economies around the world present a new and urgent threat to UK manufacturing.

To meet this challenge will require collaboration between manufacturing businesses, universities and the UK's science base.

The Talent 2030 project recommended by the Engineering and Manufacturing Task Force in their Great Expectations Report is still run by NCUB today, with the Engineering Competition for Girls now in hundreds of schools. 

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