Those who have been involved over the first ten years of Knowledge House gathered at the Gateshead Hilton Hotel earlier this month to mark and to celebrate this milestone.
Knowledge House has developed into an exemplar model of collaboration between universities and industry, involving the five universities In the North East. It is a model of collaboration which has been emulated elsewhere within the UK and overseas.
Its role as a pioneer in this area has been recognised by Lord Sainsbury, Minister for Science and Innovation who commented, 'The work that Knowledge House does is really important. It is a role model for other parts of the country.'
To date over 4,500 enquiries have been received with over 1000 orders being placed, having a combined value of £7.2 Million. Newcastle University now uses the Knowledge House brand for all of its commercial and consultancy activities.
One of the most important developments in recent years has seen the introduction of a region-wide database and client relationship management system which has been led by Newcastle University. The use of the database is now being extended throughout Newcastle University for all consultancy, commercial and research projects.
The evening was also an opportunity to welcome back Professor Andrew Hamnett (formerly PVC at Newcastle) who was one of the founding members of Knowledge House and his anecdotes and stories of early days of Knowledge House were enjoyed by all.
The Keynote address from Mr. Paul Callaghan of the Leighton Group highlighted the outstanding role which Knowledge House and the Universities continue to play with the growth of his business and the regeneration of the North East.
Article submitted by: Omar Al-Janabi, Business Development Manager, Knowledge House. Contact: Omar.Al-Janabi@ncl.ac.uk">Omar.Al-Janabi@ncl.ac.ukOmar.Al-Janabi@newcastle.ac.uk
published on: 28th June 2006