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Three ways institutions can support research partnerships

8 November 2021

Sam Mardell, Strategic Partnership Manager (AHRI), Amit Khandelwal, Senior Partnership Manager (South Asia) and Monica Lakhanpaul, Pro-Vice-Provost (South Asia) write about building positive partnerships

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The increasing globalisation of people and economies, the devastating impact of COVID-19 on societies across the world, the multifaceted problems caused by climate change and the ongoing global commitments to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) make this a crucial time to generate discussion on strengthening partnerships underpinned by first-class research.

Some of the highest profile scientific and research achievements have been accomplished through partnerships between UK universities and other institutions worldwide. The UCL Ventura-CPAP breathing aid and the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine are just two recent high-profile examples of what can be achieved through collaboration of this kind.

Yet, these partnerships are the exception — generated at a time of crisis — rather than the rule. We undertake partnerships, with all the additional effort and time that these involve, because they generate better outputs and outcomes. How can we create an environment in our institution where collaborations are encouraged and can flourish?

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This piece was originally posted on the UCL Disruptive Voices blog

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