Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 12°C

Search

University of Suffolk set to share in £4.7m fund to build links with business

PUBLISHED: 16:57 12 October 2017

The Univesity of Suffolk's Waterfront Building in Ipswich.
Picture: Simon Parker

The Univesity of Suffolk's Waterfront Building in Ipswich. Picture: Simon Parker

Universities across East Anglia have received a multi-million pound funding boost to improve their links with business.

Stef Thorne from the University of Suffolk.
Picture: GREGG BROWN Stef Thorne from the University of Suffolk. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Universities minister Jo Johnson has announced a £4.7million investment to improve productivity in the eastern region by encouraging collaboration between universities and businesses.

The money will go to the Eastern Academic Research Consortium (Eastern ARC), which comprises the University of East Anglia, University of Essex and University of Kent, to establish a network to support business innovation in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Kent.

The University of Suffolk, based on the Ipswich Waterfront, will also be an education partner in the network, along with Norwich University of the Arts, Writtle University College and Harlow College. Other partners include BT, Tech East and Agri-Tech East, the South East and New Anglia LEPs and Digital Catapult.

The network will build collaborations with businesses, with the resulting partnerships having have access to new funding, training, networking opportunities and collaborative working space.

Stef Thorne, head of research and enterprise services at the University of Suffolk, said: “We are delighted to be working with the lead partners on this project and the collaborative opportunities this will bring to deliver the Industrial Strategy, connect our collective abilities and resources as universities to engage in knowledge exchange, respond to the regional scale-up and productivity challenges and strengthen the region.

“The University of Suffolk is, through the Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre, and our emergent research strengths, well placed to deliver this agenda as an anchor institution in Suffolk.”

Vanessa Cuthill, director of the research and enterprise office at the University of Essex, which is leading the project on behalf of Eastern ARC, said: “We have world-leading research in the east of England across our higher education sector, but the region scores lower than the UK average for productivity and growth.

“This network aims to change this by harnessing the resources of regional universities and connecting businesses with our expertise, particularly across the areas Eastern ARC specialises in – artificial intelligence, agri-tech, and digital creative.”

Police have issued a warning after a Felixstowe man in his 70s became victim to an online and telephone scam in which he transferred £2,500.

Engineers working to keep Suffolk’s roads in good shape could turn to a new weapon in the battle against the menace of potholes – sunflower oil.

More than 800 people have already had their say on how Stowmarket and Sudbury should develop in the future at exhibitions in the towns.

As the leaves have started falling and the autumn half term edges closer, be one step ahead with your plans and check out our list of things to do on Saturday, October 21, and Sunday, October 22.

Traffic has returned to normal on the Orwell Bridge after a crash involving a car and a lorry this morning.

Parents in Suffolk are being urged to help educate their children to be responsible online, with a warning issued that “online behaviour has offline consequences”.

First-time buyers have cause for optimism as average house prices appeared to fall in the last three months, according to a survey by property website Zoopla.

A severely disabled teenager from Essex met members of the Royal family as part of a “unique and memorable” experience on board a vintage train.

The Eastern Enterprise Hub has teamed up with Chuffed.org to host a workshop in crowdfunding for charities, social enterprises and individuals with a cause.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24