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Durham University

Research & business

Research and innovation showcased at ministerial visit

(6 March 2019)

Did you know that our research is helping people in developing countries to access clean water? Or that our world-renowned expertise supports local businesses to grow and develop?

From global to local

The Rt.Hon Liam Fox MP, Secretary of State for International Trade, came to the University as part of a UK government Department for International Trade visit to County Durham.

Dr Fox praised Durham’s tremendous global reputation and our commitment to areas such as data and technology, which we are supporting through our new Maths and Computer Science building.

Dr Fox also noted how County Durham’s economy can benefit from having a world top 100 university at its heart. 

As part of the visit, our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stuart Corbridge, spoke to UK government ministers and the Board of Trade about how our research is meeting complex challenges across the world, from finding alternatives to fossil fuels to helping local businesses solve industry challenges.

Unique opportunity

During the day, Durham students had the unique opportunity to hear how Google and Hunter Boot Limited have succeeded in industry. Students took part in a workshop to develop a fictional heritage fashion brand.

Meanwhile, Durham spin-out, Kromek, whose X-ray technology is used in airport scanners and medical industries, was announced as a UK government ‘export champion’, thanks to its global success.

Kromek joins a network of UK companies acting as ambassadors for exporting, offering practical advice to other businesses.

International education recruitment company, m2r Education, whose managing director is Durham alumnus, Munir Mamujee, was also awarded ‘export champion’ status.

Research expertise

Durham is home to extraordinary researchers. We support our academics to use their expertise to start-up businesses, ensuring jobs are created and stay in County Durham.

 We’ve supported 36 small and medium sized businesses through research and development collaborations in the last year. Another 45 places are open for application.

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