Wilson Review Highlights N8 As ‘Template’ For Business-University Collaboration


Sir Tim Wilson, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire has undertaken a review into how to make the UK the best place in the world for university-industry collaboration, highlighting the N8 Industry Innovation Forum as a ‘template’ for others to follow.

The Wilson Review highlights the importance of consortia partnerships, and states that “our university sector as a whole is a key asset in the economic future of our country.” It also focuses on the fact that collaborations between universities in order to supply business needs benefit the university sector as a whole.

The report makes reference to the N8 Research Partnership’s Industry Innovation Forum, which connects leading businesses with research intensive universities and other key organisations to create new ideas, insights and innovations across a range of sectors.

The report states that: “The recent N8 Research partnership has launched a new Industry Innovation Forum working with global companies and SMEs. It is supported by the TSB and is an example that may provide a template that others will follow. This is to be welcomed; but the issue of a comprehensive coverage remains. Such partnerships have an obligation to ensure that enquiries that are outside its domains of activity are referred to other universities, or consortia, which may be able to meet those business requirements. I make no formal recommendations in this regard but the consortia of universities may wish to consider how to ensure that such a referral system is efficiently and effectively operated, and government funders of these consortia may wish to reassure themselves that such systems are operational.”

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