N8 Chair Emphasises Universities’ Role In Driving Economic Growth In The Times


Professor Chris Brink, Chair of the N8 Board of Directors and Vice-Chancellor of Newcastle University is interviewed in The Times today, and talks about his role as chair of the N8, as well as his thoughts on the strengths of Newcastle University and its role in helping to drive the economic growth of the North East.

The article has appeared in a special supplement, published ahead of the North East LEP Area Economic Growth Conference which takes place tomorrow – Professor Brink is a board member of NELEP.

In the article, Professor Brink discusses how he would like to see more open innovation through the development of new strategic research collaborations with business and research users, describing the N8 and his role as Chair of the N8 Board of Directors as “a manifestation of my personal ambition to make academic work economically, socially and culturally useful”.  He also talks of how he believes university collaboration can help the industrial and manufacturing base in the North – particularly in the maritime and offshore sectors – to grow again.

In talking about the N8, the article also makes reference to Regener8 and METRC – the N8 centres for regenerative medicine and molecular engineering, bringing academics from across the N8 together with industry on multi-disciplinary projects in these areas.

In the same supplement, Dr Tim Hammond from Durham University is interviewed about the four year partnership between Durham University and Proctor and Gamble. Often regarded as ‘an exemplar’ for university collaboration with big industry, the relationship has developed to a position where  P&G awarded Durham their Global Business Development Partner of the Year award in 2011 and more than 90 researchers from Durham University are working alongside researchers from P&G in locations around the world.

To read the article click here.