Universities primary investors in R&D

University research and development now outstrips that conducted by the private sector. It appears to be in part a function of persisting importance of the manufacturing industry which has been in long term decline elsewhere in the UK.

  • Davros

    Snap ! 😉

  • Fraggle

    This is a very bad sign for the economy of the North and is in direct contrast to the direction things are moving in the south. It looks like the new knowledge economy is going to leave the North behind.

  • Davros

    I’m not so pessimistic about the University vs Private aspect Fraggle, although a total drop is not a good sign.From what I understand the University departments here are doing well in research funding because they are closely involved with Business.

  • Fraggle

    true, the universities are pulling their weight in getting research funding but you’ll find that increasingly the companies the universities collaborate with are in the south.

  • aquifer

    So the Universities produce patents that they can sell to all comers, a great way to get R&D done and applied, and to get new income streams for the Unis.

  • Davros

    Careful Fraggle – we don’t want the DUP to know about this cross-border success story 😉

  • WindsorRocker

    In a period of rising fixed costs, R&D in the private sector is going to suffer.

    The fixed costs that I refer to are

    Insurance – This industry has taken advantage of 9/11 to hike up premiums.

    Industrial Rates – For years this was not a factor in the business plans of industry but in the wake of the Trimble/Durkan inspired “Reinvestment and Reform” package, business now will have to pay rates on their buildings. Estimates suggest that large firms will be hit for anything up to £750k extra year on year for each year until de-rating is completely phased in.

    In the face of this, long term investments like R&D would be the first to be hit.

  • Davros

    The ever excellent Nuzhound provided this :
    India shines in dark

    Northern Ireland’s decades of low-intensity Catholic-Protestant conflict and its stop-start peace process have all but erased happier memories of its late 19th century heyday as a powerful industrial centre, which led the world in ship-building, linen manufacture and rope-making.

    Today, it wants to hitch itself to India to re-build itself as a high-tech hotspot. Northern Ireland’s movers and shakers say its political troubles have obscured the story of its continuing high-tech excellence. As also, news that it offers lower wages and a better educated workforce than the rest of Britain.

    Says Professor Jim McLaughlin, nanotechnology professor at Ulster Univresity: “We have the biggest and most important nanotech industry in Europe. Every time someone uses an ECG machine or an EEG monitor, it is a nod to a patented product we have developed here in Northern Ireland.” Adds Tracy Meharg, managing director of the government-run body that is actively canvassing for Indian investment and tech tie-ups with Northern Ireland: “People don’t know but by enxt year, we will be the first region within the UK to be offering 100 per cent access to broadband”.

  • Donnie

    In India the workforce is so large that if you don’t give 110% at all times someone can easily step in and fill your shows. It is great incentive to be consistently good at your job. The people there are happy to work all hours as long as they are bringing in an income. Pity the same couldn’t be said about here.

    The area around Bangalore and Hyderabad is now a hi-tech hotspot due to their work ethic.

  • Davros

    University Of Ulster Research Pushing Back The Frontiers Of Space

    Cutting edge research at the University of Ulster into how to make complex computers and communications systems manage themselves could power the next generation of US space probes.

    UU Research Pushing Back the Frontiers of Space

    Interesting claim : Mr Sterritt said that current computing networks are now so complex and difficult to manage that by 2010, 220 million people – greater than the current working population of the USA – will have to be employed as IT support workers just to keep them running.