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UCL and ARUP Renew Partnership
19 April 2012
UCL and Arup have reviewed and renewed their established partnership. By doing so, the global consultancy firm hopes to boost its collaboration and training activities with the university in fields which range from sustainable development through engineering to behavioural sciences.
This agreement builds on an initial partnership signed in 2009 which facilitated a range of activities including personnel exchanges, jointly supervised doctoral training programmes and shared thinking on innovation. The renewed partnership will see the partners work together on both short and long-term projects, The Thames Gateway Institute for Sustainability being an example of the latter.
In the next phase of collaboration, the university and global consultancy firm will research areas including eco-city planning and infrastructure, urban sustainability & resilience and virtual environments. They will also explore joint interests in Policy options.
UCL and Arup are world-leading organisations with complementary activities and skills. UCL is a world-leading UK university with a broad portfolio of expertise in disciplines ranging from science, engineering, medicine and healthcare to the humanities. Arup is a global consultancy with more than 10,000 staff in 35 countries working in engineering, design, technology and sustainable development.
In 2010, Arup won the UCL Enterprise Corporate Partner of the Year Award.
Commenting on the renewal of the partnership agreement, Professor Stephen Caddick, Vice-Provost (Enterprise) at UCL, said:
“This partnership will be vital in continuing to expand our efforts to take research out of the university and out into the wider world. Collaborating on a whole host of different areas, including pressing problems like how to make our cities greener and increasing our understanding of the digital world, is vital to ensuring our research is relevant and benefits society at large.”
Professor Jeremy Watson, Director of Global Research at Arup, added:
“Arup strives for technical excellence through research and sees the development of partnerships with key academic institutions essential to achieve this. The firm has a long established relationship with UCL and is excited about growing this partnership still further, giving our staff the opportunity to work with a truly multi-disciplinary global academic leader.”
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1. About UCL Enterprise
UCL Enterprise provides UCL’s structures for engaging with business for commercial and societal benefit. In includes three units: UCL Advances, UCL Business and UCL Consultants. Together, they provide access to the capabilities and resources of the UCL community to help businesses start, grow and develop.
2. About UCL (University College London)
Described by The Sunday Times as 'an intellectual powerhouse with a world-class reputation', UCL is consistently ranked as one of the top three multifaculty universities in the UK and features in the top universities worldwide.
UCL is a founding partner of the largest European Centre for Medical Research and Innovation, The Francis Crick Institute, due to open in 2015. Its annual income is over £700 million. www.ucl.ac.uk
3. About Arup
Arup is the creative force at the heart of many of the world’s most prominent projects in the built environment and across industry. From 90 offices in 35 countries our 10,000 planners, designers, engineers and consultants deliver innovative projects across the world with creativity and passion.