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