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Our actions towards SDG 9 Industry Innovation and Infrastructure

Operational Review Accommodation, Estates and Infrastructure - Our goal: to enable us to deliver our Strategy through sustainable investments in physical infrastructure & residential accommodation; by so doing, to create an attractive, world-class environment for staff, students & wider community

Read our annual report on actions towards SDG 9 PRME report on SDG 9 - Wider Value Plus


The creation of spin-out companies is the conventional route for taking innovative new technologies to the marketplace. We support early-stage ventures by working with academic researchers to develop a business plan to get the business ready to raise the investment needed to take the venture forward. We are also very keen to support non-conventional opportunities in non-technical fields through the creation of not-for-profit ventures and social enterprises.
Create Spin-out companies
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We are proud to have worked with partners across the North East of England to drive investment, innovation, job creation & development, and the adaptation of our economy for the challenges that lie ahead. We are actively engaged with our local communities to tackle inequalities & embrace new opportunities through our impactful research, innovation & investment to transform lives for the better. We are at the forefront in boosting education, employment and infrastructure in Durham.
Helping our region to thrive
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Our award-winning strategic partnership with P&G has enabled unique and globally scalable innovations that have improved billions of consumers' lives around the world. We are helping P&G predict future product innovations, and our researchers have been involved in creating new molecules for applications in homecare and personal products, as well as new methodologies for understanding the roles of key active ingredients to improve the performance of consumer goods.
In partnership with P&G: the chemistry of cleaning
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Local and Regional

The DICE Project is a collaboration between Durham University and Business Durham to provide an integrated package of business and enterprise support. It aims to improve business innovation, increase graduate retention, increase the number of scalable start-ups in the region, and facilitate collaborative, developmental partnerships through four strands of support.
Durham Internships and Collaborative Enterprise Project
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The Innovating Together - Universities in the North East partnership

The Innovating Together - Universities in the North East (In-TUNE) partnership has been launched by Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria and Sunderland Universities, alongside technology innovation catalyst CPI, to deliver two business support programmes which aim to strengthen the North East economy.
The Innovating Together - Universities in the North East (In-TUNE) partnership
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Small and Medium sized Enterprises Information Hub & Orbit

SMEs can offer graduate and work experience & we have developed this hub to help businesses navigate recruitment. With the SME Information Hub, businesses can find information and support relating to all aspects of student and graduate recruitment. Orbit offers support to help businesses grow.

SME Information Hub Orbit: A hub for science & technology innovation