How the National Centre works

How the National Centre works

promoting business university collaboration

The National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) develops, supports and promotes world-class collaboration between universities and business across the UK.

We bring together universities and business to influence government and solve the country's challenges.

Our aim is to find practical ways of harnessing the talent being developed in our universities and the UK’s strength in ground-breaking research and development for the benefit of the nation’s economy.

"The UK needs more than ever to have vigorous, vibrant and productive partnerships that develop graduates and create innovative products and systems." 

Sam Laidlaw, NCUB Chair

The Leadership Council

Vice-Chancellors and business leaders sit together on the unique National Centre for Universities and Business Leadership Council, which directs the work of the National Centre and leads university-business collaboration from the very highest level.

Policy & Research

Where the Task Forces and Leadership Council make recommendations for action, the National Centre for Universities and Business carries them out through a range of projects in our three priority areas:

  • People, skills and talent development: to ensure that universities deliver the skills that businesses require against a fast changing technological and market landscape.  View our Talent & Skills projects
  • Research, innovation and knowledge exchange: to ensure that businesses, large and small, leverage and support the research and innovation capabilities of Britain’s universities across the UK. View our Research & Innovation projects
  • Place, productivity and growth: a specific focus on how collaboration and partnership can support the needs of different places. View our Place projects

As an independent and trusted voice, the National Centre for Universities and Business works to build the evidence base for collaboration through our extensive research programme. Examples of our research include research reports and our annual flagship report, State of the Relationship, which showcases university-business engagement across the UK. Through the Collaboration Progress Monitor, the National Centre monitors progress in UK university-business collaboration, tracking annual changes and long-term trends.


Events at the National Centre for Universities and Business enable our members to collaborate, network and share expertise and perspectives. These events include conferences, roundtables, report launches, an annual lecture and the Chair's reception. View our events programme.

Task Forces

NCUB Task Forces take the same approach of bringing together the very best from universities and business, but focus on particular economic sectors or issues. The National Centre for Universities and Business facilitates leaders and experts in their fields to work together to identify and solve problems.


To learn more about the benefits of being part of the NCUB network, browse our Membership pages or contact our Membership Team.

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