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Industrial strategy white paper

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​Universities UK responded today to the launch of the UK government's industrial strategy.

Professor Janet Beer, President of Universities UK and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, said: 

"Universities are key to addressing the big challenges mentioned in the industrial strategy. UK universities are producing world-leading research and innovation and are educating the future workforce. At the local and regional level, universities support growth by providing and creating jobs. Internationally, they attract investment and talent. This will be particularly important as the UK prepares to leave the EU.

"We have welcomed the UK government's commitment to increase investment in R&D funding, and today's announcement of increased support for quality-related research is good news. The commitment to increase investment in the Higher Education Innovation Fund is also to be welcomed. Long term, the UK must continue to move closer towards a target of investing 3% of GDP in R&D, to ensure we do not fall behind our international competitors. The White Paper's recognition of recruiting the world's best talent must also be linked to an immigration policy that welcomes and encourages highly skilled, international talent to choose the UK."

 

Notes

  1. The UK government's 'Industrial Strategy: building a Britain fit for the future' white paper is available on the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy website.
  1. Today's Industrial Strategy white paper sets out four partnerships between government, universities and business. Deals have been agreed in life sciences, construction, artificial intelligence and the automotive sector. Universities work in partnership with a number of industries and sectors in areas such as research, business support and continuing professional development (CPD). Working with a university can help connect industries, bringing together experts from different fields, and offering new insights and building new links. For more information on how businesses can engage with universities and develop a sector deal, please see the Universities UK guide.

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