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Newcastle Science Central

Title of measure
Full title in national language:
Newcastle Science Central
2006 to 2020
Policy objectives Plus
2.1. R&D cooperation projects between academy and industry
5.4. Innovation management and advisory services
Presentation of the measure:

Newcastle Science City (NSC) is a long-term committed partnership between Newcastle University and Newcastle City Council.

The NSC partnership was established to maximise the North East’s scientific potential, raising awareness of the region’s scientific expertise across the world

Key achievements include:

  • Supported over 1,000 regional companies to commercialise new insight-led ideas, helping them to innovate and grow;
  • Created 43 companies in the North East of England;
  • Created 78 jobs within the companies it supported and established;
  • Reached 5,769 residents with a programme of community engagement events;
  • Reached over 6,000 schoolchildren across the city;
  • Promoted Newcastle as a city of science on a regional, national and international level, supporting the attraction of investment into the city.

From 1 April 2015, the NSC partnership will focus delivery on Newcastle Science Central, one of the largest developments of its kind in the UK, designed to support a thriving new community, creating jobs and making ground-breaking scientific advances.

Budget, source and type of funding
National public funds1,500,00010,000,000
Regional public funds
EU Structural funds
Private funds
Form of funding provided
Policy learning
To what extent the measure can be considered as a success and worthy of policy learning?:
It is too early to judge the success of the measure (e.g results of first call for proposals still not known).
Evidence of outcomes based on evaluation and other evidence:

The main webpage does not contain any evaluation or report that measures the impact of the measure. 

In the previous stage, there were a number of case studies that provided a significant insight to the quality of work that was supported through the measure. For instance, North East web-based patient management company, Cievert Ltd., was set up three years ago by former NHS radiographer, Chris Kennelly, who wanted to create innovative products for the health sector. CaS-per is a web-based patient management system for radiotherapy and chemotherapy patients.

What are the most important “Do’s and Don’ts” that regional stakeholders should be aware of when launching a similar measure?:

The measure supported good quality projects as it is evident from the case studies available on the website. 

There is no visible evaluation on the main website.

Would you recommend this measure as an example of regional good practice to policy-makers from other regions ?:
Organisation(s) responsible
Evaluation report(s)