Open Doors: Universities open for business

Universities working with business makes sense. Not just for the economy but for the future of talent, research and innovation in the UK. That is why University Alliance held our Open doors event to give an opportunity for people from across the university sector, business and anyone with an interest in this area to discuss this collaboration in greater depth and explore ways of improving its effectiveness.

The event

The event was the first opportunity to discuss the finding from the Wilson Review of Business – University Collaboration. Take a look at our video from the event which captures some of the key findings from the review, examples of effective university-business collaborations and ways in which this can be improved.

(Video features: Professor Janet Beer, Chair of University Alliance and Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, Professor Sir Tim Wilson, Chair of the Wilson Review, Matt Smith, Policy Director at NACUE and Trudy Norris-Grey, IT & Communications Industry Executive)


Using #OpenDoors you can find out more about Alliance universities and their university-business collaboration. Here are some of the best tweets this month.

Roundtable discussions

Following the panel debate we had an opportunity to debate some of the issues in roundtable discussions, with a particular emphasis on actions both universities and business need to take forward. Notes were taken of each table discussion and can be found by following the links below. The points contained in the links below were raised by participants on the roundtable and do not necessarily reflect our policy. Please do engage in the conversation using the comment boxes at the end of the pages.

  1. Skills and knowledge

  2. Research and innovation

  3. Economic growth

Join the discussion

We want to hear from you. Let us know, in the comment boxes below, what you are doing to improve university-business collaborations in your area. Also, why not get Tweeting your experiences. You can follow us @UniAlliance #OpenDoors.

Further reading