Business Secretary Impressed with University Collaborations
Business Secretary, Vince Cable, has visited The University of Nottingham so see how the university collaborates with industry.
The Secretary of State started his visit at the University of Nottingham Innovation Park where Professor David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham, highlighted the latest investments on the Park, including the planned £12m GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) funded Centre for Sustainable Chemistry and the site for the £6.7 million building for Romax, one of the world’s leading gearbox engineering companies.
Dr. Cable saw examples of new technologies developed by undergraduate students at the University. These included CabGrab, a smart phone app invented by Marvin Plummeridge and Greg Burke, for booking taxis from any location worldwide.
Later in the afternoon, Dr. Cable visited the Cummins Innovation Centre for electrical machines at University Park. Cummins Generator Technologies is headquartered in Stamford, Lincolnshire, and is the largest electrical machines manufacturer in the UK. The company has over a century of experience in building electrical machines for the power generation industry and is working closely with the University to develop further applications in the transport sector, which will significantly improve fuel consumption and emissions.
Speaking about his visit, Vince Cable said:
“Collaboration between universities and industry is a key element of the Government’s growth strategy and it’s been very encouraging to see this in action at the University of Nottingham.
Also during his visit to Nottingham, Dr. Cable announced funding of over £2 million for two projects that will help the University to continue to strengthen its links with businesses. These include £1.5 million from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for a Chair in Sustainable Chemistry and a further £675,000 from EPSRC for the world’s first liquid surfaces X-ray machine.
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Source: University of Nottingham, 21/06/12
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