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  • Enterprise & Knowledge The View From

    1. 1. Enterprise & Knowledge: the view from higher education  Professor Alan Sibbald Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research, Outreach, Infrastructure) University of East London
    2. 2. KNOWLEDGE-DRIVEN REGENERATION: An evolving HE model UEL’s approach in London Thames Gateway
    3. 3. LONDON THAMES GATEWAY <ul><li>Compared to London and Greater SE England: </li></ul><ul><li>weaker knowledge economy </li></ul><ul><li>weaker skills base </li></ul><ul><li>less attractive to investment. </li></ul><ul><li>But: </li></ul><ul><li>improving infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>big opportunities (Canary Wharf, Olympics, etc). </li></ul>
    4. 4. KEY HE POINTS <ul><li>HE collectively is a very large knowledge resource </li></ul><ul><li>Major asset for LTG </li></ul><ul><ul><li>expertise to drive innovation and entrepreneurship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>supplying demand for higher level skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>international linkages (students, research) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>cultural assets (eg Trinity Laban) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>knowledge economy branding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>partnership capacity </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. UEL’S VISION <ul><li>‘ To be an agent of change - </li></ul><ul><li>e mphasising the importance of values alongside the utility of knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>contributing to the regeneration of the Thames Gateway </li></ul><ul><li>providing qualifications focused on entrepreneurial skills </li></ul><ul><li>commanding a high reputation amongst employers.’ </li></ul>
    6. 6. KEY WORKING THEMES <ul><li>Non-traditional approach – university as an open platform for knowledge exchange, not an ivory tower selling intellectual property </li></ul><ul><li>Wide focus on expertise – not just academics </li></ul><ul><li>Growing entrepreneurial experts </li></ul><ul><li>Creating expert centres </li></ul><ul><li>Building up innovation and enterprise infrastructure </li></ul>
    7. 7. 20 YEAR STRATEGY <ul><li>Align UEL goals with regeneration policy </li></ul><ul><li>Win external funds to grow our enterprise development service, new facilities and networks </li></ul><ul><li>Work with inventors, businesses, academics, students, entrepreneurs (iBase) </li></ul><ul><li>Partner others in creating an ‘innovation and enterprise infrastructure’ to support long-term knowledge economy growth </li></ul><ul><li>Use track record to influence future policy/funding </li></ul>
    8. 8. AFTER TEN YEARS <ul><li>c.£50m of external investment attracted </li></ul><ul><li>Transformed UEL estate/brand </li></ul><ul><li>Transformed innovation and enterprise role </li></ul><ul><li>Transformed partnership picture </li></ul><ul><li>Doubled student numbers </li></ul><ul><li>Research activity growing and attracting international class academics </li></ul><ul><li>NB These are LTG’s results as well as UEL’s. </li></ul>
    9. 9. OTHER INDICATORS <ul><li>UEL is recognized nationally as a leading regeneration-focused HEI </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge Dock (our enterprise development service) works with c.700 enterprises a year; Knowledge Dock Centre opened in 2006 providing an enhanced scale and quality of service to the iBase </li></ul><ul><li>Award-winning - Grand Prix Invention Prize INPEX 2004, London/SE STEP Agency 2005 and 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Working partnerships: KnowledgeEast key to innovation & enterprise infrastructure; Creative Way targeting progression/employability in CCIs; Emerald Fund supporting pre-commercialisation; and more </li></ul>
    10. 10. SOME UEL EXAMPLES <ul><li>Expert Centres, eg </li></ul><ul><ul><li>FABPAD (fabric, print and design bureau) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Simlab (visualisation, simulation and process mapping) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Manufactured Aggregates Research Centre </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RIX Centre (technology and learning disability) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Product Design Lab </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sustainability Research Institute </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Geo-Informatics </li></ul></ul><ul><li>20 start-ups supported in 5 years </li></ul><ul><li>Helped found East London Inventors Club </li></ul><ul><li>Empower – supporting women’s entrepreneurship </li></ul><ul><li>Hothatch – supporting student entrepreneurship </li></ul>
    11. 11. UEL’s Docklands Campus – the first new campus to be built in London for 50 years
    12. 12. East London Inventors Club
    13. 13. FABPAD – fabric, print, design <ul><li>Supporting students and business…. </li></ul><ul><li>Degree shows, Rolf Harris, ENO, local SMEs </li></ul>
    14. 14. Hot Hatch <ul><li>‘ Hot Desk’ for new business start ups </li></ul><ul><li>51 hours per month for 3 months – free </li></ul><ul><li>Desk + Phone + PC </li></ul><ul><li>Broadband internet access </li></ul><ul><li>Business Address </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting rooms </li></ul>
    15. 15. IN SUMMARY <ul><li>UEL has harnessed its knowledge intensity to regeneration </li></ul><ul><li>UEL’s broad-based community of entrepreneurial experts is growing </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership-based innovation and enterprise infrastructure is growing </li></ul><ul><li>As UEL has developed itself, London Thames Gateway has been developed too </li></ul><ul><li>Job not complete, but job definitely started! </li></ul>

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