Fourteen UK universities have been chosen to partner with the TSC in a new programme that will improve collaboration between academia and industry.
The 14 universities came through a competitive tender process and were unveiled at a “Brains to Business” symposium held at the Transport System Catapult’s new ‘Imovation Centre’ on Monday.
The TSC has awarded £1 million over the next three years to support activities at the 14 universities. The University Partner Programme is intended to promote collaboration with business and focus on the development of products and solutions in the field of Intelligent Mobility – an emerging global market estimated to be worth £900bn per year by 2025.
“This programme will bring universities and businesses closer together to work on solutions to the most pressing transport challenges, and make those ideas a commercial success,” said Steve Yianni, Chief Executive Officer of the TSC.
As well as fostering further links between universities and businesses, the scheme will be used to enhance the Catapult’s activities in different regions of the UK, and provide a network of expertise that will help businesses access knowledge across a range of disciplines.
The programme will also allow researchers to spend time at the Catapult’s world-class Imovation Centre (which combines Intelligent Mobility and innovation) and work alongside industry experts to develop solutions to the sector’s main challenges.
Organised in eight regional hubs, the selected universities are:
• Aberdeen University
• Coventry University
• Cranfield University (Bedfordshire/Oxfordshire)
• De Montfort University (Leicester)
• Heriot Watt (Edinburgh)
• Leeds University
• Leicester University
• Loughborough University
• Nottingham Trent University
• Nottingham University
• Sheffield Hallam University
• Southampton University
• University of Cambridge
• University of Sheffield