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Daresbury business collaborations provide graduate opportunities

Published: Sunday, 06 September 2015   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Companies forming part of a science-tech hub in Cheshire are generating millions of pounds on a yearly basis thanks to collaborations with universities in the region.

Sci-tech Daresbury houses a number of highly technological firms and 64% of those operating at the Science and Innovation Campus are now collaborating with the North West’s universities.

That figure compares to 55% who were doing so in 2013, while interactions with the Science and Technological Facilities Council (STFC) has also increased.

The UK Government body funds and produced research, and 48% of Daresbury firms are utilising its services and expertise – up from 39% in 2013.

In terms of value, the partnerships that have developed at the site are worth in the region of £4 million to £5 million.

Strong growth in collaborative research, student placements, recruitment and sales activities to universities have all helped to develop the partnerships.

Both the Universities of Liverpool and Manchester had the most active campus companies, although the Universities of Lancaster, Cambridge and Oxford were not far behind.

The University of Chester has also noted a huge increase in the levels of interaction between it and technology companies.

Boosting collaborations to improve skills

Overall, 77% of Daresbury firms said that they have a collaboration in place with a university or STFC, which is around one third higher than those who said likewise in 2012.

The collaborations provide an economic boost for the region but also provide plenty of opportunities for students and graduates.

It also helps to accelerate growth in the companies according to STFC Chief Executive Professor John Womersley.

He said that partnerships are very important to the site and suggested that 140 are already operating between campus companies.

Professor Womersley added that the aim is to develop collaboration year on year so as to continually drive improvement.

Grad Plus has plenty of graduate IT consultant jobs as well as other roles for those considering tech careers

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