University of Nottingham’s #fortheworld celebrates the power of innovation and partnerships

The UK’s vision is to become the most innovative country in the world and Business Secretary Greg Clark says researchers and their partners across society will help deliver this goal.

The University of Nottingham, one of the country’s leading research institutions, is at forefront of this mission – which is being celebrated in its Discovery. For the World campaign.

Look out for #fortheworld materials on the University’s campuses, across Nottingham, online and in national media – and please share!

This campaign celebrates the University’s international reputation for world-class research that transform lives – and demonstrates how the exchange of ideas, skills and expertise with business and the wider community increases the impact of these discoveries.

At Nottingham’s Trent Basin, a community energy project is one of the stars of the  #fortheworld campaign. University scientists are working with sustainable homes developer Blueprint, energy providers and householders on a UK model for self-sufficiency in green power.

This pioneering scheme was recognised in the University’s Knowledge Exchange and Impact Awards 2018, which also celebrated world-leading research in antislavery, jet engines maintenance and bacteria-resistant plastics that will reduce hospital-acquired infections.

A new video also captures how the University’s researchers are working to deliver solutions to challenges faced in Nottingham, the UK and across the world.

The University’s is meanwhile reviewing its strategy for knowledge exchange. Its vision is to further excel in the exchange of ideas with partners in business and society and so embed a culture of innovation and enterprise.

In Nottingham, the University is committed to using its strength as a local innovation leader to further bring together partnerships to secure increased funding for businesses and communities.

It is developing SME programmes to identify and partner with businesses in a way that delivers real value for both the company and the University. And by developing a comprehensive skills offering, including Continual Professional Development and Higher Degree Apprenticeships, the University aims to further meet the needs of local and national partners.

Building its Corporate Partnerships team will improve co-ordination of business engagement.

These initiatives will build upon existing support offered by Services for business at the University.

The evolution of a vibrant strategy for knowledge exchange is, of course, continually informed by the insights and creativity of the University’s partners.

Nottingham is a university where productive engagement with business and the community really matters: where an innovative and enterprising culture supports a rich flow of ideas between our partners, and ensures we work together to ensure our discoveries have the greatest possible impact on society.