In 2015, the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology, the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and the Universities of Strathclyde and Surrey. signed a Partnering Agreement. The Strategic Partnership was formed to enable all parties to strengthen both the excellence of their science and their engagement with business. The Universities of Strathclyde and Surrey are leading international higher education institutions whose work is impacting society and the global economy through pioneering research in priority sectors. They share an enterprising spirit and a strong track record of working with business and industry, achieved by removing barriers between scientific discoveries and commercial applications.
Since its establishment, the collaboration has focused its efforts on many of the UK national challenges and is playing a vital role in driving the UK’s position towards becoming a science superpower. The partnership, alongside the Postgraduate Institute for Measurement Science (PGI) has helped to accelerate the development of technologies towards real world applications. The collaboration with Strathclyde and Surrey is across a range of scientific areas including climate change, quantum technology, data, nuclear, 5G, space, medical physics, and digital health.
NPL’s partnership with the Universities of Strathclyde and Surrey brings big advantages to the three organisations. The partnership operates at many levels: from the laboratory bench to the NPL Board. It expands the range of scientific and commercial opportunities while opening new avenues for postgraduate training.
Graeme Reid, Chair of the NPL Management Ltd Board