The 3M Buckley Innovation Centre: A case study of alternative finance for universities from England

Elizabeth Towns-Andrews, Jill Johnes, Andrew McConnell

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The University of Huddersfield is a publicly funded university in West Yorkshire, England, with a mission which covers the spectrum of university activities including teaching, research and engagement with business. The focus of this case study is the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre (3M BIC) in Huddersfield which aims to facilitate business growth, encourage business to academia collaboration, and actively promote innovation. The chapter particularly focuses on the innovation and financial models which the University of Huddersfield has implemented to optimise relationships with industry. The innovation model and impact of the Centre is described in addition to the funding and governance structures which have been implemented to establish and sustain the Centre. National recognition of the unique approach to university-business engagement is also highlighted.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-120
Number of pages12
JournalLa Cuestión Universitaria
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019


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