Previous Events

Previous Events

Here are NCUB's event highlights from 2018. To keep up to date with our programme, view our upcoming events here, or sign up for our newsletter.​

State of the Relationship


Report launch - 26 June 2018

The launch event for NCUB's flagship publication was held at Bush House, King's College London. The event kicked off with NCUB Chairman Sam Laidlaw's address, followed by Dr Joe Marshall's introduction of the key findings of the 2018 State of the Relationship Report.


Former NCUB CEO David Docherty facilitated a panel discussion with:

David Sweeney, Executive Chair of Research England finished off with reflections on the state of university/business collaborations in 2018.

 View photos of the report launch here:


Knowledge Exchange Framework

events01Roundtables - 17 April, 12 April, 27 March, 1 March, 8 February, 30 January, 10 January

NCUB hosted a series of roundtables to inform our response to the HEFCE-led consultation on the development of a Knowledge Exchange Framework announced by Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation.

Chaired by Professor Graeme Reid, Strategic Advisor at NCUB and Research England Council Member, the roundtables engaged NCUB members on the consultation, feeding in views, ideas and suggestions from both universities and businesses.


NCUB Degree Apprenticeships Report

events05Report Launch - 12 March 2018

The launch event for the report "Degree Apprenticeships: supporting talent development and social mobility"  included keynote addresses from Nicola Turner MBE (HEFCE - now Office for Students), Dr Katherine Barclay (Institute for Apprenticeships), Dr Joe Marshall, (NCUB) who spoke about addressing some of the policy challenges captured in the report.

The report shines a light on how Degree Apprenticeships are influencing the development of employers’ talent strategies and the ways in which they can contribute to social mobility. It also highlights a number of policy challenges affecting their implementation and the future talent landscape.

The keynotes were followed by a discussion on future policy priorities for Degree Apprenticeships.


Higher Education Business and Community Interaction


Conference - 14 February 2018

HEFCE began discussions with the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) about conducting a review of the The Higher Education Business and Community Interaction (HE-BCI) survey and asked the National Centre for Universities and Business to convene a one-day event to seek views from the community on a proposed review.

Directors of enterprise, heads of KE teams, technology transfer professionals and researchers in the field of university innovation attended NCUB's conference on 14th February at the London Campus of the University of Liverpool.

The event saw presentations from Dan Cook (HESA) as well as David Sweeney (HEFCE/Research England) and attendees had the opportunitiy to share their views.


Consultation on Accelerated Degrees


Roundtables - 10 & 11 January 2018

In order to respond to the Department for Education's  proposal for a series of measures aimed at increasing provision of and demand for accelerated degrees in England, NCUB held two roundtable discussions in January bringing together representatives of universities, businesses and colleagues from HEFCE.


The roundtables explored:

  • the areas of higher and lower likely demand for accelerated degree courses – in terms of types of courses, and providers
  • the benefits for individuals from different backgrounds or at different points in life, such as mature students
  • how the new regulatory framework and regulator could support their widespread and rapid adoption
  • the impact for employers of increasing numbers of accelerated degree graduates in the available workforce
  • how to raise awareness and improve understanding of accelerated degrees – for potential students and employers as well as providers

NCUB Chair's Reception


Networking event - 10 January 2018

The annual chair’s reception was hosted by Sam Laidlaw and Lord Willetts. Held at the House of Commons, senior business and university leaders, and policy-makers joined a unique, high-level networking event and had the chance to meet our Board and Council of Leaders.


View photos of the Chair's Reception here:


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