The high performance in the Public and Community Engagement perspective is influenced by the University of Brighton’s pioneering Community University Partnership Programme (CUPP). The recent Ignite initiative provided funding and expertise, enabling diverse local partnerships to co-produce community-led solutions to issues including Brighton’s housing crisis and microplastics pollution in Chichester Harbour. Other groundbreaking work includes the Young Men Matter project established by the university's Centre of Resilience for Social Justice.
Brighton's strategic partnerships with 22 NHS trusts and 14 Clinical Commissioning Groups show Skills, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in action, helping develop curricula, and providing placement opportunities and new apprenticeship routes to qualification. The university's world-class research partnerships include longstanding collaboration between its Advanced Engineering Centre and technology consultancy Ricardo is producing a raft of game-changing engineering innovations in the field of low emission 'green technology', such as the revolutionary split-cycle engine.
Professor Tara Dean, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) said: “At the University of Brighton, partnership is one of our core values and engaging through Knowledge Exchange is vital to our mission. We are committed to contributing to the social and economic health of the region and beyond, ensuring our research addresses the most pressing issues, and that our work directly improves people’s lives and their environment.”
Brighton was also recognised among the top 50% for Working with Business, with examples including the successful Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) programme. One recent KTP with OSET Bikes ensured Brighton research played a vital role in bringing an innovatively-designed new adult e-bike to market.
In terms of Local Growth and Regeneration, new initiatives include the BRITE (Brighton Research and Innovation Technology Exchange) programme which provides SMEs with access to the latest innovation research and expertise, research and development support, specialist facilities, and access to a modern innovation hub to support business growth.
The ambitious Big Build project, meanwhile, is transforming the Moulsecoomb campus as part of a larger masterplan that will create a new gateway into the city, upgrading both the look and prospects of the local area.
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