NCUB Fellowship

NCUB Fellowship

The NCUB Fellowship honours individuals who have made a notable contribution to furthering the cause of university-business collaboration. The award has been bestowed each year since 2011, as the CIHE Fellowship before 2013.

2014: David Willetts


David Willetts (left) accepting the NCUB fellowship from NCUB CEO David Docherty (right)

The Rt Hon David Willetts was Minister of State for Universities and Science from May 2010 until July 2014. During his time in office, he was widely regarded to have served with distinction. He led a number of government initiatives to support the development of university-business collaboration, notably commissioning the Sir Tim Wilson review and supporting the establishment of the National Centre. David Willetts has been MP for Havant since 1992. He has recently been appointed a visiting professor at King's College London.

Accepting the Fellowship, David Willetts said:

"It's something I will really treasure."

"I think setting up the NCUB after Tim's very valuable report was the right thing to do, it's great to see it going from strength to strength and I'm very honoured to receive this award, thank you very much indeed."

Watch David Willetts' acceptance speech here.

2013: Rona Fairhead

Rona Fairhead was Chief Executive of the Financial Times Group and Finance Director at Pearson. She co-chaired the NCUB Creative and Digitial Economy Task Force alongside Sir Christopher Snowden of the University of Surrey. The report produced by the Task Force, The Fuse, lead to over £6 million in funding for projects supporting creative business innovation through the Brighton Fuse and London Fusion projects. In 2014 she was appointed Chair of the BBC Trust.

Accepting the Fellowship, Rona Fairhead said:

"I really, really am honoured to be given this accolade, it means a huge amount to me. I am completely a believer in the importance of education, in the importance of the need of education to work ceaselessly with business so that together we build a much stronger and frankly a better society."

"[NCUB is the] place to build on best practice to allow companies to work with universities and colleges and pull through the talent and to work with talent and push them into business and encourage them I think is absolutely the way of the future".

Watch Rona Fairhead's acceptance speech here.

2012: Sir Tim Wilson


Sir Tim Wilson, left, accepting his award from NCUB Chairman Richard Greenhalgh, right. 

Sir Tim Wilson was Vice Chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire from 2003 to 2010, a member of the Enhancing Value Task Force steering group, and a trustee of NCUB's predecessor organisation the CIHE. In 2011 he was knighted for Services to Higher Education and Business and given the title Emeritus Professor. He was appointed adviser to the government on Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in which capacity he authored his review of university-business collaboration which was published in February 2012.

Accepting the Fellowship, Sir Tim Wilson said:

"Throughout my journey in supporting university-business collaboration, I've been supported by some remarkable people. People who have been ambitious enough to follow this trend."

"This is a great honour. I will value it forever."

Watch Sir Tim Wilson's acceptance speech here.

2011: Sir Rob Margetts

Sir Rob Margetts was Chairman of Legal & General from 2000 to 2010 and of the BOC Group from 2001 to 2006. He began his career with Imperial Chemical Industries in 1969 rising to the position of Vice Chairman. He was a governor of Imperial College London and served as a trustee of NCUB's predecessor organisation the CIHE for 18 years.

Accepting the Fellowship, Sir Rob Margetts said:

"I'm very deeply honoured to be the first of I hope many of those who are going to enjoy this great privilege over time."

"It's just so wonderful to somebody like me to see how [the CIHE] has flourished and grown and diversified its activities to make a fundamental difference into higher education so it's a very great honour for me to associated with this thriving organisation."

Watch Sir Rob Margett's acceptance speech here.

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