University bosses are “thinking big and thinking collaboratively” as they plot new links with local businesses.
A team from the South East Midlands Universities (SEMU) addressed dozens of businesses at the Innovation for Business Conference & Marketplace event in Milton Keynes on Wednesday (November 26).
An expert panel from Cranfield University, the Open University, the University of Northampton, the University of Buckingham, the University of Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire New University and University College Milton Keynes (UCMK) showcased their potential to support businesses in becoming more competitive and innovative.
Daniel Mouawd, chief executive of SEMLEP, said: “These universities are our very own ‘Magnificent Seven’. Local businesses can take advantage of the phenomenal wealth of knowledge in our universities. It’s time to start thinking big and thinking collaboratively.”
Each university attending the vent was given 10 minutes to explain how they could benefit local business if they were to team up with em on future projects.
Professor Sir Peter Gregson of Cranfield University said: “We are a specialist university with a very distinctive remit. We transform people and organisations. We create leaders in technology and management.”
John Spoerry from the University of Buckingham said: “We are an independent university but we punch well above our weight. We get people to open up their minds. Rather than concentrating on teaching, we focus on learning.”
Collectively, the South East Midlands Universities (SEMU) generate a combined annual income exceeding £928million (2012/3) through their higher education, innovation and research actives.