National Centre announces Growing Value Scotland Legacy Programme and support for the Reid Review of Innovation Centres

National Centre announces Growing Value Scotland Legacy Programme and support for the Reid Review of Innovation Centres

The National Centre for Universities and Business announces David Brown, Partner at PwC, and Prof Sir Pete Downes, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dundee as co-chairs of the Growing Value Scotland (GVS) Legacy Programme.

This will build on the successful launch of The Step-Change, the GVS Task Force’s final report. We also welcome and support the key recommendations of the Reid Review of the Innovation Centres and look to incorporate them as we develop the Legacy Programme.

Mr David Brown, Partner at PwC and co-chair of the GVS Legacy Programme said: “The quality of Scotland’s workforce and the productivity of its businesses are central to Scotland’s economic success and future sustainability. The GVS Legacy Programme will work with Scottish Government, businesses and universities to promote mechanisms that equip graduates with the right skills and retain talent in Scotland’s industrial base as well as facilitating business demand for innovation and supporting our universities as they build further on their world-class reputation for innovation.”

Prof Sir Pete Downes, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Dundee and co-chair of the GVS Legacy Programme said: “It is clear from our previous work in the GVS Task Force that Scotland has a tremendously powerful asset base in its university sector yet the complexity of our innovation ecosystem and limited business investment in R and D impairs connectivity through to business innovation and growth. We look forward to working in collaboration with our partners in government, the enterprise agencies, industry and higher education to implement both the broader GVS recommendations and those of the Reid Review on Innovation Centres to create a transparent pathway to facilitate productive university-business collaboration.”

Strategic Adviser to the National Centre, Professor Graeme Reid, was commissioned by the Scottish Funding Council to conduct an independent review of Scotland’s Innovation Centres programme. The review concluded that the Innovation Centres Programme is on the right track with some room for improvement, including regular review, assessment and continued public sector support. Professor Reid drew significantly on the Growing Value Scotland programme in forming his recommendations.

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About The National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB)


Inspiring universities and business to work together for growth and prosperity.
As a membership not-for-profit organisation, the National Centre brings together leaders from across higher education and business to tackle issues of shared interest. Our Task Forces bring together leaders from universities, government and business to focus on a particular economic sector or issue. 

About the Growing Value Scotland Task Force and Legacy Programme
Co-chaired by Rob Woodward (Chief Executive, STV Group plc) and Professor Sir Ian Diamond (Principal & Vice-Chancellor, University of Aberdeen), the GVS Task Force convened leading experts and leaders from across industry and academia to identify and prioritise actions specific to Scotland to enhance the value of publicly-funded research and increase university-business collaboration. In May 2016 the GVS Task Force published its final report – The Step Change: Business-University Collaboration Powering Scottish Innovation. The report highlighted that stronger university-business collaboration is vital to producing a step-change in Scottish innovation and productivity. It identified key innovation challenges for the Scottish economy and the key role of Innovation Centres as sector-specific engines of university-business collaboration.

The Legacy Programme will be Co-Chaired by Mr David Brown (Partner, PwC) and Prof Sir Pete Downes (Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Dundee). It will be advised by an expert advisory group including Prof Sir Ian Diamond and Mr Rob Woodward and will focus on implementation of the GVS Task Force’s recommendations. 

About the Reid Review for the Scottish Funding Council
Strategic Adviser to the National Centre for Universities and Business, Professor Graeme Reid, was commissioned by the Board of the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) to conduct an independent review of Scotland’s Innovation Centres programme. Professor Reid was asked to assess whether the original vision developed for the Innovation Centres (ICs) back in 2012, is still valid and to take into account how this could be enhanced in the future.

For further information please contact:

Shivaun Meehan Head of CommunicationsT: +44 (0)20 7383 8193  E: Shivaun.meehan@ncub.co.uk


James Lenney Digital Communications OfficerT: +44 (0)20 7383 8185 E: James.lenney@ncub.co.uk 
Elspeth Elliott GVS Project Manager T: +44 (0)141 330 3879 E: GVScotland@ncub.co.uk


For further information about SFC please visit  www.sfc.ac.uk or
Nicki Sturzaker: 07591 150950 or nicki@canvascommunications.co.uk

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