The policy picture – key implications for university and business innovators

Kathryn Walsh, University of Loughborough 

What are the key implications for the sector following the HoC Science & Innovation Select Committee Inquiry on ‘Managing intellectual property and technology transfer’; the McMillan Review of Technology Transfer; the Industrial Strategy and associated ‘Challenge Fund’; and the first wave of Science and Innovation audits? 

Findings and recommendations from these reviews come alongside significant changes to the funding landscape (UKRI) and increased regional devolution across the UK.

Universities are uniquely placed to bring together a diversity of partners in physical spaces (innovation centres, science parks, incubators) for collaboration and innovation.

How can they make the most of current opportunities and challenges to deliver on high expectations from government?