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About our Organisation

The Universities for Nottingham Civic Agreement brings together ten key organisations from across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, to work collectively in support of the residents and the communities that unite us.

The positive impact of our two universities reaches far beyond those who study or work with us. Our social, economic and cultural impact is significant. We add £3.8billion to the UK economy every year, supporting 25,000 jobs across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire alone, according to analysis by Public First.

About our UKSPF project

Commencing in April 2024, The University of Nottingham will collaborate with Nottingham Trent University to deliver a programme of grants and support to businesses to improve innovation, productivity and skills. Businesses will be able to access bespoke support through Talent Grants, and/or Technical Innovation Vouchers.

Talent grants - Nottingham based organisations will receive a talent grant to promote and elevate innovation including but not limited to innovative practices, innovative products and/or innovative roles. The businesses will receive a grant of £2,500 to subsidise the recruitment of a graduate role for a minimum 8-week period. We will work with the business to give them access to a range of opportunities to engage with students and graduates from both institutions.

Technical Innovation Vouchers - delivered through Nottingham Universities Technical Innovation Centres of Excellence, Innovation Vouchers (up to £5K) will be offered to city businesses enabling them to access a range of technically focussed support. Support will be delivered through:

  • Food Innovation Centre: providing science and technology consultancy, new product or process development support for food and drink focussed businesses.
  • Chemistry Innovation Laboratory: providing analytical and product development support across chemistry and materials using and life sciences businesses.
  • Institute for Aerospace Technology: working across the aerospace supply chain.
  • Design Matter, providing professional sustainable product and packaging design consultancy.

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