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1 New directions in university- business partnerships: Prof Tom McLeish, FRS Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, Durham University Horizon2020 Innovation Malta, February 2014

2 ∂ Durham – facts and figures 15,269 Students 11,262 Undergraduate 4,007 Postgraduate(2,436 PGT, PGR) 2,153 International Students 3,600 (2800 FTE) staff Turnover in excess of £240M 130 countries represented

3 ∂ Strategic relations with Business 3

4 ∂ Research: Durham Strategic Objectives  To be recognised, internationally, for creative thought and transformative research of the highest calibre across a broad subject base of sciences, social sciences, and the humanities  Each Department …  the over-arching aim of business engagement activity is to enhance the quality of research and to further develop the research impact  the goal is to build long-term mutually beneficial business and industrial partnerships which will enable the University to undertake co-produced research

5 ∂ Working Partnerships The Company Durham University Key University Drivers: undertake excellent research maximise impact – benefit to society – economic/social Durham University The Company

6 ∂ Characteristics of a Successful Strategic Partnership has to be Win - Win for all parties long-term partnership multi-point contacts at all levels relationship that outlasts individual research projects Functions on many levels: - Generating ideas - Research Collaboration - Developing People - Engaging with the public

7 ∂ “Getting to Know You” Partners must have common interests Tools to identify these common interests include: o Mapping existing links o Mapping research expertise to business needs o Analysing student recruitment patterns o Workshops o Exchanges/ Fellowships/Secondments Both parties must invest significant resource – people and time Not a quick process One size does not fit all

8 ∂ Faculties, Schools and Departments Arts and Humanities Social Science And Health Science Classics and Ancient History English Studies History Modern Languages and Cultures Music Philosophy Theology and Religion Archaeology Education Government and International Affairs Medicine and Health Durham Business School Anthropology Geography Law Applied Social Sciences Engineering and Computing Sciences Psychology Physics Mathematical Sciences Biological and Biomedical Sciences Earth Sciences Chemistry

9 ∂ Cross-cutting Institutes Multidisciplinary teams working on complex problems Arts & HumanitiesSocial Science & HealthScience Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Durham Energy Institute Institute of Advanced Study Medieval & Renaissance Studies Institute Biophysical Sciences Institute Institute for Computational Cosmology (ICC) Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology (IPPP) Wolfson Research Institute

10 ∂ Leveraging Core Durham Strategic Capabilities to meet BIG P&G needs R&D Surface Science Breakthrough Manufacturing Processes Bioscience

11 ∂ Leveraging Core Durham Strategic Capabilities to meet BIG P&G needs R&D Surface Science Breakthrough Manufacturing Processes Bioscience

12 ∂ The Value of Workshops 12

13 ∂ University Offering Excellent underpinning research capability. Buy in and commitment - top down – bottom up. Focussed and highly flexible approach to business engagement. Route for easy start – Master agreement – IP and contractual matters all in place. Able to deploy focussed multidisciplinary teams with low barriers to collaboration.

14 ∂ The Scaffold Concept 14 Polymer characterisation Synthesis Scale up Advanced Rheological Characterisation Model Processing Flow Rig Materials testing Solid state Modelling Flow computation Molecular Theory Molecular Configuration Probes Synthesis Rheology Processing Properties INDUSTRY

15 ∂GOVERNANCE DurhamThe Co’ Sponsors Leaders Managers (Portfolio (Funding) Steering Committee  Equal membership for both partners  Projects defined to advance interests of project partners  Works to secure appropriate funding  Monitors and disseminates research results

16 ∂ Managing a successful partnership 16 Surface Science Biotechnology Beijing Molecular dynamics modelling (Germany) Sensors/ manufacturing Common Themes with 3 rd parties “CEMENT” Skin model Anti microbials Ligand chemistry - preservatives

17 ∂ 17 Managing day to day communication Example of the increase in exchanges as a relationship develops!

18 ∂ Achievements in months Durham Agreement IP Terms 2-Way Sponsor 2-Way Management Portfolio 2-Way funding support First Major Project Funded Status

19 ∂ “CEMENT” Creating a North East UK Centre of Excellence in Methods and New Technology for Surface Modification and Cleaning. “CEMENT” Creating a North East UK Centre of Excellence in Methods and New Technology for Surface Modification and Cleaning. £14.2M project successfully bid for RGF funding 4 Partners - P&G lead with Durham, also includes CPI and an SME partner Partner contributions totalling £8.8M £5.3M and £1.27M grant funding respectively to P&G/Durham (other partners £0.8M) Looking to maximise further support funding through: o Research Council Funding o Technology Strategy Board funding calls o European FP7 funding

20 ∂ Durham Portfolio Other Major new projects Major Strategic Program 3-way Business Links e.g. BAE Systems Dyson, Invensys, Cisco Surface Science £3M Application BAE Systems Dyson Peking Uni 3-Way Research Alternative chelants to EDTA Haircare/beaty Adhesive modelling/Cellulose modification Anti-microbials £1M Celebrating Science Event Blueprint Support Contract Work. Routine Analysis Imaging of Fats Enzyme Sequencing Surface Science (RGF £5.3M Funded) Exploratory Application Phase Work Underway Impact hair surface treatment University Partnering e.g. Cranfield Manufacturing Diagnostics Modelling plant performance Agent based in silico models & 3D Skin Models £4M Beard/hair tensile testing In silico modelling Graphene 3D visualisation 2+2 Chinese Studentships Systems Biology (Aging) Anti-fungals (with Syngenta) Psychology - Consumer perception Biodegradable polyurethanes Tipping Points Remote sensing of counterfeits

21 ∂ Example of the opportunities The Company Durham University DTA CASE Studentships PDRAs Industrial Project Awards Regional Growth Fund Recruitment and Careers Student Enterprise Employability & Placements KTS/ KTA/ Impact Industry CASE Studentships Research Council project funding Internships Chairs and Lectureships Prizes & Sponsorship Curriculum development KTP TICs Proof of concept Schools Outreach EU Project funding TSB Project funding International exchanges Alumni relations Links to other Partners & Contacts Links to SMEs

22 ∂ Model replicated with an SME: Cambridge Research Biochemicals 20 staff SME based in Billingham Recruitment of Four graduates ( 2 Biological Sciences, 2 Chemistry) EPSRC CASE studentship with Dr Steven Cobb (Chemistry, start June 2011) Agreement in place for the use of space and NMR facilities in Chemistry Commercial Director is involved in Undergraduate teaching (Enterprise Programme) in the School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences Agreement for use of space and facilities in the Translational Research Facility in the School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences for the production of monoclonal antibodies

23 ∂ 23 Spin-out Company: KROMEK Patented technique for vapour growth of semiconductor crystals CdTe, Cd 1-x Zn x Te –X-ray, gamma-ray detectors and substrates for thermal imaging –lower cost EC funded BRITE EURAM project 1994 First crystal grown 1997 Company formed May 2003 Winner of $400,000 Global Security Challenge 2009 Sales to European airports of liquid explosives scanners based on “Colour X-ray” technology 2011 Kromek’s Californian subsidiary Nova R&D won $1.4M contract from US Dept. of Homeland Security in August 2011 Kromek successful in £1M award under the Regional Growth Fund in October 2011 Company present value is ca. £80M Now over 50 staff at NETPark

24 ∂Summary 24 UniversityCompany UniversityCompany UniversityCompany


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