16th October 2013, 4:31pm
Lincoln an example of excellence in review of universities and economic growth
Engineering student The University of Lincoln is highlighted as an example of excellence in an independent report into how universities can support UK economic growth.

Sir Andrew Witty, Chief Executive of GlaxoSmithKline, was commissioned by the Government to review the ways in which universities drive innovation and business creation.

His final report and recommendations, 'Encouraging a British Invention Revolution: Sir Andrew Witty's Review of Universities and Growth', were published this week (15th October 2013).

The report cites the University of Lincoln as an example of excellence which demonstrates the regional economic impact of universities. It highlights the significance of the creation in 2009 of the Lincoln School of Engineering, in collaboration with Siemens plc, and the contribution made to small business growth by Sparkhouse, the University's business incubation centre.

Andrew Stevenson, Director of Research and Enterprise at the University of Lincoln, said: "Sir Andrew Witty's review is a timely reminder of the true value of universities like Lincoln, and the critical role they are playing in the country's economic recovery.  Perhaps most importantly, he emphasises that universities' contribution is not limited to research and teaching, but includes how we engage with industry to drive innovation.
"We are delighted that Sir Andrew has recognised the impact that we are making on our regional economy, particularly in supporting our resurgent engineering sector through our School of Engineering and fostering small business growth through our business incubation centre, Sparkhouse."

The University of Lincoln's relationship with Siemens plc in establishing the Lincoln School of Engineering was also cited as a case study of a successful strategic partnership in Sir Tim Wilson's 2012 review of business-university collaborations. It also won a prestigious Lord Stafford Award for Open Collaboration in 2011.

Among Sir Andrew Witty's recommendations is for universities to have a single point of entry for small businesses wishing to access expertise. Lincoln already has this structure in place with its Enterprise department, providing access to business support such as research collaboration and graduate recruitment.

The University of Lincoln is shortlisted for the award of Entrepreneurial University of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards 2013, which take place on 28th November 2013.

To read Sir Andrew Witty's report, visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/249720/bis-13-1241-encouraging-a-british-invention-revolution-andrew-witty-review-R1.pdf

To contact the Enterprise department at the University of Lincoln call 0800 915 5278 or email enterprise@lincoln.ac.uk
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