The UK higher education sector is actively sharing equipment and facilities, collaborating to produce better science, and developing the associated infrastructure to help universities discover and share their kit.
Sir Ian Diamond’s report on Efficiency, Effectiveness and Value for Money assesses work to scope asset-sharing activity and identifies the challenges and enablers of greater collaboration across the sector. The work to compile evidence for this area was led by the N8 Research Partnership and coordinated by UUK.
Here is a video of Sarah Jackson, the former N8 director, talking about this work:
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