Universities need to be at the heart of the economy
By Claire West
The former vice-chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire and HEFCE board member Professor Sir Tim Wilson was asked by the Government to undertake a review into how universities work with business to ensure graduate skills and employability meet the needs of business, and to maximise the university sector’s capabilities in business-led research and innovation.
His report makes a series of recommendations for universities, business and the Government.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said:
“The best universities around the world are building deeper links with business. We must ensure our universities and businesses develop strong relationships to maximise innovation and ensure students come out of universities equipped to excel in the workforce.”
“The Government welcomes much of what Sir Tim says and will now carefully consider his recommendations in detail.”
Universities and Science Minister David Willetts said:
“Sir Tim’s review has identified a number of examples of how collaboration can work in the real world and the good practice that already exists. I’d now like to see this best practice spread more widely within and across universities, businesses, industry sectors and local areas.
“Sir Tim has produced a comprehensive and timely report. The challenge now is for universities and businesses - with government - to work together to drive forward these recommendations to ensure the long term world class competitiveness of our economy.”
Professor Sir Tim Wilson said:
“It is clear from my review that the UK has the potential to be a world leader in university-business collaboration, building on the diversity of collaborative networks, partnerships and supply chains that already exist. The key to success is on-going cultural change, strengthening and extending the relationships between business and universities. To achieve this; belief, commitment and leadership amongst universities, business and government is essential.
“If this potential is fulfilled, universities will be at the heart of our knowledge-based economy, collaborating with... continued on page two >