One of the most obvious differences between a science park and any standard business premises is the ready, consistent, and beneficial access to key R&D expertise, both in the public and private sectors. Nowhere is this felt more keenly than in our relationship with the local universities.
Over one third of LSP tenants have worked collaboratively with either the University of Liverpool or Liverpool John Moores University. This has taken many forms, including securing joint R&D grants, innovation vouchers, graduate placements or free advice. Many LSP companies also benefit from approaching the universities directly for potential employees.
In the ‘2014 Research Excellence Framework’ exercise, LJMU doubled the amount of research rated as world-leading and the volume of activity rated internationally excellent or above.The University is now in the top half of the overall research league table and is second only to Cardiff in its peer group, the University Alliance, making it the best in England for research under this group of global leading universities.
One of LJMU’s key areas of particular excellence is their Astrophysics Research Institute, a department housed in our IC2 building. They have recently been involved in the discover of ‘TRAPPIST-1‘, seven new planets which could potentially house life.
The University of Liverpool’s research power was ranked 20th in the Research Excellent Framework, with seven subjects (including chemistry, engineering, and computer sciences) in the top ten. Overall, 81% of the University’s research is ranked as either 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent). In total, 90% of the UoL’s research impact is considered as either ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’, ensuring that they make an enormous contribution to society.