The university’s Help to Grow programme, meanwhile, is now working with its second cohort of leaders and senior managers from small and medium-sized businesses across East and West Sussex, drawing on expertise at Brighton which is helping drive productivity and growth. Input by experts from the university’s School of Business and Law includes workshops, seminars and mentoring as part of the Help To Grow programme.
For more information on Knowledge Exchange activity at the University of Brighton, contact the team at KnowledgeExchange@brighton.ac.uk.
Building on past success
In the 2021 KEF rankings, the University of Brighton laid down a strong foundation for this year's outstanding results. Highlights for the university in the 2021 rankings included:
- top 10% of universities for Public and Community Engagement;
- top 20% for Skills, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship;
- top 30% for Research Partnerships;
- top 40% for Work with the Public and Third Sector.
Continuing initiatives which the university is building on 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.
This year's outstanding performance in KEF2's Public and Community Engagement ranking also builds on initiatives such as the University of Brighton’s pioneering Community University Partnership Programme (CUPP) and the Ignite initiative, which have drawn on funding and expertise to work with local partners to produce community-led solutions to issues such as 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.
Since the previous KEF rankings, the School of Business and Law (SBL) has gained the Small Business Charter Award in recognition of influential support of local enterprises, SMEs and start-ups, along with its commitment to local growth and regeneration.
Meanwhile, the university’s Clean Growth UK programme - a business-innovation network with more than 2,500 members - continues to link member companies into Brighton's academic expertise to help them develop and commercialise environmental solutions and transition to net zero.
The University of Brighton also continues to build on strategic partnerships to provide highly-rated placement opportunities and apprenticeship routes to degree level in education, business and management, health and sciences, consultation, engineering, and the built environment.
To find out more about opportunities to collaborate with the University of Brighton, contact Joanna Havers, Head of Economic Development at J.Havers@brighton.ac.uk.