Supporting businesses across the East Midlands to develop new ideas and products, as well as to cut their carbon footprint, has earned the University of Derby a high ranking in a key national measure of how higher education contributes to society.
The Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF), overseen by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), looks at a diverse range of activities that universities undertake in their communities and regions. The data from UKRI’s assessment of this work is available on KEF’s interactive and detailed new website.
The University of Derby has been placed in the top ten per cent of universities in two key categories: ‘Local Growth and Regeneration’ and ‘Working with Business’.
Over the past five years, the University has been focused on delivering its Local Growth Strategy, including initiatives such as Invest to Grow, which offers companies grants and loans of up to £250,000 to innovate, grow and create jobs and the DE-Carbonise scheme, offering low carbon technology expertise to businesses.
Both these schemes have been supported by European funding allocated to the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.