Research & Innovation
Research, development and innovation is an established and strongly growing area of activity for the Technological Higher Education Institutions (THEIs). It is intrinsically linked with teaching and learning, knowledge transfer and engagement, with a primary aim to produce research-informed graduates with skill-sets aligned to enterprise and community needs. The THEIs are performing research at basic, applied and pre-commercial stages with a range of regional, national and international enterprise and community partners. Although long recognised for strong research and innovation capacity in STEM areas, particularly in working with enterprise, the THEIs have developed and are continuing to grow capacity in arts, media, the humanities, business and social sciences. The THEIs are also an incubator of new enterprise, supporting start-up and spin-out companies, and assisting those companies to engage in research and innovation.