Innovation: Co-operation Between Universities and Businesses

Part of Science, Innovation and Technology – in the House of Commons at on 21 February 2024.

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Photo of Michelle Donelan Michelle Donelan The Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology

Of course, I speak to colleagues on this important topic all the time. Our science and technology framework is designed to ensure that we do not just challenge university rankings, but translate them into material benefits for the United Kingdom. My Department has a number of programmes breaking down the barriers between universities and businesses, which have contributed to the nearly 90,000 interactions reported between universities and businesses in 2021-22. That is a 5% increase on the previous year.