Hot on the heels of the RCUK's Framework comes news of a new (sigh) government framework for higher education. Due to be published in the next few weeks, the framework will include concrete incentives to encourage universities and business to work together in long term partnerships. Quoted in ResearchResearch the businesses secretary Peter Mandelson said that the framework would also “create a system more capable of responding quickly with funding to fill niche gaps in the skills base in critical industries such as the civil nuclear supply chain or low carbon technologies.”
Talking at the Royal Academy of Engineering on 19 October, the minister warned that, for these measures to work, businesses would have to play their part by being “much more clear and prescriptive about what they need." All too often, he claimed, investors are “less able or unwilling” to identify long term rather than short-term investment opportunities.