Project leaders: Alan Hughes and Michael Kitson
Other Principal Investigators and Associates: Maria Abreu, Vadim Grinevich, Philip Ternouth (Council for Industry and Higher Education)
Project dates: 2007-2009
Aims and Objectives
The objective of this research was to identify the factors that affect the incidence, form, effectiveness and regional impact of knowledge exchange activities between the business and higher education sectors in the UK. It identified the way these interactions vary across UK regions and within those regions. Knowledge exchange includes the full range of ways in which the business community and the higher education sector interact and which may affect business and regional economic development. These interactions include educational and training activities, research publications and patenting, conferences, contracting and consulting activity, internships, joint research and development and licensing and new business formation.
This project was completed and an end of award report submitted to the ESRC. A report was published through UK~IRC based on the project's survey of over 20,000 UK academics (Abreu et al., 2009) and a companion volume is in preparation based on the parallel survey of university-industry connections covering 2,500 UK manufacturing and service firms. Presentations based on the research have been made at the University of Edinburgh; NESTA, London; Strathclyde; the UK Cabinet Office; AURIL Annual Conference, Bristol; Imperial College; the UK Research Councils Cross-Council Knowledge Transfer and Economic Impact Group; Research Councils UK; the BIS OECD Innovation Policy Seminar; HEFCE; Nottingham University Business School; the Political Studies Association Annual Conference London; Doshisha University Kyoto; the Japan Science Foundation, Tokyo; the Keidenran Tokyo (Japanese Industry Confederation);meetings with government ministers.
The ESRC end of award evaluation rated the research project as 'outstanding'.
The Arts and Humanities Research Council subsequently commissioned CBR to carry out a separate project analysing Arts and Humanities academic industry interactions compared with other disciplines. Please click here for further details and the report.