Universities ‘should give more IP to business’

Universities should give more intellectual property over to small- and medium-sized British businesses

August 30, 2013

That is the view of Andy Hopper, the outgoing president of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, who steps down from the role next month.

He said that taxpayers were funding the creation of intellectual property in universities, “so it seems reasonable that more of this is made available to UK SMEs that are best positioned to add value and commercialise it”.

He suggested that in return, universities take a 1 or 2 per cent shareholding in the company, which would be “more of a goodwill gesture than a conventional transaction”.

“This is all perfectly possible and is happening in a number of UK universities already,” he said.

As part of his outgoing message, Professor Hopper, head of the Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, also called on the government to include more engineers in decision making on projects such as High Speed 2 and airport expansion.

“In the UK, engineering is still undervalued despite our rich industrial heritage and track record in pioneering new technologies. This is reflected in the make-up of the government and must change to help turn around the UK economy,” he said.

“With the success of so much future policy based around engineering and technology, I believe that it is time for the government to draw more on the knowledge and experience of the UK’s best engineering talent at the highest levels.”

david.matthews@tsleducation.com

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Most Commented

Worried man wiping forehead
Two academics explain how to beat some of the typical anxieties associated with a doctoral degree

Felipe Fernández-Armesto takes issue with a claim that the EU has been playing the sovereignty card in Brexit negotiations

Brexit jigsaw

UCU attacks plans to cut 171 posts, but university denies Brexit 'the reason'

Kenny Dalglish

Agnes Bäker and Amanda Goodall have found that academics who are happiest at work have a head of department who is a distinguished researcher. How can such people be encouraged into management?

A group of flamingos and a Marabou stork

A right-wing philosopher in Texas tells John Gill how a minority of students can shut down debates and intimidate lecturers – and why he backs Trump