University Collaboration 2014

The amount of money available for R&D in the UK is quite staggering: over £26bn, from public and private sources. The organisations involved from the public sector can begin to look like an alphabet soup, and just as confusing, but if businesses are serious about improving their product, it is worth spending the time to seek out the resources that are needed.

The idea of collaboration between the halls of academe and the great mills of industry are nothing new; but it is fair to say that the relationship has been revived and given new urgency by the need for advanced techniques, technology and resources.

This supplement highlights some of these partnerships and shows how industry and academia can work together to push the manufacturing sector forward.