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City’s partnerships with industry

City Academic Enterprise works with local and national organisations, developing and designing projects that extend the reach of City’s academic excellence. Our aim is to generate long-lasting social or economic impact.

Many of the partnerships we help create are commercial. Others have a more social purpose. All contribute to building business success, addressing skills shortages and developing resilient local communities.

Recent initiatives have seen City involved in advancing the construction of deep foundations, hosting a social enterprise festival, and supporting entrepreneurship for staff, students and local business through the Entrepreneurship programme.

Our partnerships and networks

The National Centre for Universities and Business

City is a member of The National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB). This independent and not-for-profit membership organisation promotes collaboration between universities and businesses across the UK.

City’s President, Sir Paul Curran, belongs to the NCUB's Council, which is drawn from senior business leaders and Vice-Chancellors from member organisations. City shares entrepreneurial expertise, support for start-ups and small businesses, and experience in collaborative research projects, consultancy services and commercialisation of ideas with NCUB partners.

The Cultural Capital Exchange

The Culture Capital Exchange (TCCE) is a network of Higher Education institutions that focuses on knowledge exchange, collaboration and wider engagement between university research and the cultural and creative industries in London. City is a core member.

TCCE projects, activities and conversations bring together academic communities with practitioners and professionals from the arts and creative sectors.

Capital Enterprise

Capital Enterprise connects a world-class entrepreneurship ecosystem. City and other high profile London Universities, numerous enterprises and all 33 London Boroughs are part of this network of start-up experts.

Capital Enterprise aims to enable business growth by building alliances between its members. Together they support each other with advice, training, mentoring, specialist technical expertise and networking. They offer accelerator programmes, soft loan finance and incubator accommodation to both pre-start and trading entrepreneurs and small businesses.

The Knowledge Quarter

City lies at the heart of London’s Knowledge Quarter (KQ), the focal point for one of the greatest knowledge clusters anywhere in the world.

The 90 KQ partners include academic, cultural, research, scientific and media organisations, large and small. All are actively engaged in advancing and disseminating knowledge. Their focus is on support for innovation, collaboration and knowledge exchange.

City has particular involvement in KQ’s projects around:

  • Data science – City, UCL and the Alan Turing Institute (the National Institute for Data Science) are working together to explore machine learning and artificial intelligence.
  • Life sciences – City’s School of Health Sciences supports work on emerging infectious diseases, musculoskeletal pathology associate with ageing, dementia.
  • Cultural, scientific and heritage collections – using City’s expertise in digital archiving, curation and publishing.