Autumn 2018 Programme

Autumn 2018 Programme

In addition to providing insights on topics that sit at the heart of our modern collaborative world, NCUB events act as networking opportunities that encourage leaders from universities, businesses and government to interact and have their voices heard.

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At the National Centre, we aim to break down the barriers between key figures from universities and businesses, allowing you to network, share your expertise and perspectives, and find new ways to collaborate, feeding into public policy.

Here's a month by month selection of event dates for your diary. Please note that all events are for NCUB members, by invitation only. To suggest topics for future events, programmes, research or reports, or for any questions about the autumn schedule, please email

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Skills & Talent Roundtables


Student wellbeing: Supporting the transition from education to employment

The mental health of students has gained wide publicity recently but there has been less attention on the experiences of students during transition into the workplace. Universities and businesses share an interest and responsibility to build resilience and support new graduates to thrive in the workplace.

The final roundtable will be held on World Mental Health Day to promote and celebrate the work of our members and on 30 November NCUB will advise the student mental health charity ‘Student Minds’ on the outcome of the series.


events014 Oct 14:00-16:00, London

10 Oct 10:00-12:00, London

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Skills & Talent Roundtables


Social mobility: Enabling opportunities for all

Many NCUB members have expertise in social mobility, yet initiatives have less impact when they occur in isolation. To combat this, our series of focused, cross-sector meetings will bring together the expertise of our business and university members to consider where collaboration could more effectively provide a supportive environment for students and graduates from all backgrounds.

We will seek to use key points and additional evidence emerging from these meetings to influence policy in social mobility.


events0516 Oct 10:00-12:00, London

30 Oct 14:00-16:00, London

1 Nov 14:00-16:00, Leeds

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Research & Innovation Roundtables


Leveraging university-business collaboration to raise total R&D investment in the UK to 2.4% of GDP

Chaired by Professor Graeme Reid, Strategic Advisor to NCUB

The Government’s commitment to 2.4% of GDP investment in research and development by 2027 will require a major increase in business investment in the UK. Historical patterns suggest that strong partnerships between universities and businesses are a significant factor in attracting that investment.

Government has promised to publish a plan for the delivery of its 2.4% commitment during autumn 2018. Key conclusions from these discussions will be submitted to Government and UKRI before the plan is published.


events0311 Sep 14:00-16:00, London 

2 Oct 14:00-16:00, Birmingham

3 Oct 14:00-16:00, Manchester

9 Oct 10:00-12:00, London

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Research & Innovation Roundtables


Maintaining the UK’s high standing in the world of knowledge exchange

Chaired by Professor Graeme Reid, Strategic Advisor to NCUB

To deliver against the ambitions of the Industrial Strategy, and extract the fullest value from the UK’s research and innovation capabilities, even better university-business collaboration will be required.

In concert with Research England, we will bring together examples of success, ambition and remaining obstacles to better knowledge exchange. These will be submitted to Research England and devolved funding bodies to build on earlier NCUB advice on the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF). This latest NCUB advice will coincide with the next stage in the development of the KEF.


events0418 Sep 10:00-12:00, London

11 Oct 14:00-16:00, London

25 Oct 14:00-16:00, Cardiff

14 Nov14:00-16:00, Glasgow

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Can we deliver the UK’s Industrial Strategy without degree apprenticeships?

This one-day conference will consider the role of degree apprenticeships in delivering the Government’s Industrial Strategy, closing skills gaps in key sectors and creating new high-value jobs.

It will examine the current policy landscape and explore how supply and demand for degree apprenticeships is incentivised. Delegates will discuss and shape a vision for the future of degree apprenticeships and generate recommendations for policy-makers.

Key points from the conference will be shared with DfE by mid-December 2018.

Find out more about degree apprenticeships and what the National Centre is doing in this area.


events058 Nov, 99 City Road Conference Centre, London 

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NCUB Annual Lecture delivered by Sky

The world is changing at pace and with it the requirements for a modern workforce. While traditional skills taught by universities remain important, what more should these institutions consider to ensure future leaders have both the technical capabilities to enter the world of work, but also the skills needed to successfully navigate the social, economic and political impact of a changing world?

In ‘What can academia and business learn from each other’ Sky COO and CFO Andrew Griffith  will explore enhancing the user experience and business models that are fit for the future, in the context of the increasing impact of technology on society.

Followed by a drinks reception, this annual flagship event provides real insight and major networking opportunities, with leaders from universities, business and government in attendance.

19 Nov 18:30-21:00, The Royal Institution, London


About Andrew Griffith:

AGriffithAndrew is Sky’s Group Chief Operating Officer & CFO working across all of Sky’s seven European markets including the UK. He has been a main board director of Sky plc for over ten years and was previously Group CFO. Andrew is also Senior Independent Director and former Interim Chairman of Just Eat plc, the £5.5 billion, FTSE100 UK based consumer technology company.

Andrew joined Sky in 1999 from Rothschild and held a number of senior roles prior to his appointment to the Sky Board in 2008. He has a Law degree from Nottingham University and is a qualified chartered accountant. Andrew is a shareholder in a number of disruptive start-ups.


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About our signature events:


NCUB roundtables provide a forum for members to explore and discuss current topics, drawing on their unique expertise.

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Report Launches

NCUB publications work to build the evidence base for university-business collaboration. Our report launch events present the results of our research, task forces and projects to our members. These events allow us to communicate our independent and trusted findings and foster debate through speeches, expert panels and discussions.

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Chair’s Reception

The Annual NCUB Chair’s reception gives fresh insight into the direction of the National Centre and allows a unique mix of senior business and university leaders to network.

  • Click here for previous Chair’s Reception

Annual Lecture

The Annual Lecture is given each year by a university or business leader, exploring the university-business relationship, and includes an interactive Q&A session with the invited audience.

Past speakers included Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, former Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, speaking on business-university partnerships for a globally-competitive UK; Gavin Patterson, Chief Executive of the BT Group, discussing global innovation and the role that UK universities play and Ruby McGregor-Smith, former CEO of Mitie, speaking on women in leadership.

  • Click here for details of our 2018 annual lecture, to be delivered by Sky




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