Reporter 400, 21 April 1997

Panel develops industrial partnership

The University has forged new links with industry through the creation of an Industrial Advisory Panel following a proposal by Nestle research and development director Professor Peter Schroeder, who said increased dialogue between industry and academia would benefit both parties.

Some research board meetings are to include senior industrialists to explore issues of mutual interest, such as the allocation of funding by research councils.

An inaugural awayday discussion was held on March 3 and representatives from industry included a research director from British Steel and the manager of academic liaison from SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals.

The day produced positive feedback and another meeting has been scheduled for July, where one of the topics will be training and development for research and academic staff.

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