Sector deals – partnering with universities

Sector deals – partnering with universitiesUniversities play an important role in developing world-class sectors, partnering with large companies to increase exports and develop new technologies. Working with a university can help connect industries, bringing together experts from different fields, and offering new insights and building new links. 

Sector Deals are negotiated between industry and the government to boost the earning power and productivity of that sector. The government’s Industrial Strategy: building a Britain fit for the future white paper announced the first four sector deals in life sciences, construction, artificial intelligence and the automotive sector. The government has indicated that future sector deal proposals should align with the Industrial Strategy, and poses several questions that sectors should ask themselves as they develop their deal proposals (p.208–​211). The government also expects universities, where relevant, to be involved.

This guide offers advice for businesses on how to best involve and engage with universities when developing a sector deal, and gives practical advice on how this engagement can occur.​

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