University of the West of Scotland (UWS) has hosted a visit from Lord Duncan of Springbank to showcase its impact on industry and its efforts to encourage innovation, industrial collaboration and entrepreneurship.
Taking place on Friday 29 June, the member of the House of Lords visited UWS’ Ayr Campus to discuss a number of important issues, including future policy on research and innovation funding in light of the UK’s planned exit from the EU, the UK’s industrial strategy, international student recruitment, widening access, skills development, with various examples of important projects UWS has been working on in these areas.
As part of the visit, UWS shared with Lord Duncan its innovative work in industrial strategy, which includes its unique partnership with NATS, the main provider of air traffic management in the UK.
Lord Duncan also visited NATS’ Prestwick base, where in 2017, along with its centre in Swanwick, Hampshire, the company handled more than 2.6 million flights covering the UK and eastern North Atlantic.
In their partnership, UWS and NATS collaborate on a range of important knowledge exchange programmes, training opportunities, and joint research and development, with NATS supporting a revolutionary project led by UWS to bring greater connectivity to rural areas using innovative drone technology.
NATS is also a major employer in central Scotland, and UWS is collaborating with the company to develop opportunities for students to gain valuable work experience by taking part in a host of work-based learning and employment initiatives.