Following the Government’s recent response to the Witty Review of Universities and Growth, the Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Select Committee has announced an inquiry into university-business collaboration.
The closing date for this Call for Evidence is Wednesday 23 April 2014.
If you would like to contribute to BU and the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)’s joint submission to the Committee, please email your thoughts and comments to Colette Cherry by Weds 16 April. They are inviting responses to the following questions:
The strengths and weaknesses of business-university collaboration in the UK and the UK’s performance against international comparators
1. What are the key strengths and weaknesses of the UK’s innovation system in relation to business-university collaboration?
2. How competitive is business-university collaboration in the UK against relevant international comparators?
Effectiveness of Government initiatives to support innovation through business-university collaboration
3. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the Catapult Centre model of business-university collaboration? What areas of research should future Catapult Centres focus on?
4. What steps can be taken to improve the uptake of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), particularly among SMEs?
5. Recent BIS analysis found that the UK exhibits “a sustained, long-term pattern of under-investment in public and private research and development and publicly funded innovation”. How does this affect business-university collaboration in the UK?
6. Will the changes to Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF), proposed in the Witty Review, be successful in increasing university engagement with innovative SMEs?
7. What has been the effect of including commercial ‘impact’ criteria in REF assessments, and should the weighting increase to 25% as suggested in the Witty Review?
8. Will the Government’s focus on the ‘eight great technologies’, as described in the industrial strategy, help to attract inward investment?
9. To what extent is this focus compatible with and complementary to the European Strategy for Key Enabling Technologies?
Local Growth agenda
10. Are Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) (and their counterparts in the rest of the UK) investing as much as they could in innovation and R&D?
11. How can LEPs, universities and Government encourage greater regional R&D investment?
12. How should LEPs direct their allocation of European Structural and Investment Funds in order to maximise increases in R&D output?
13. To what extent will the new University Enterprise Zones encourage business university collaboration?