Partnerships and collaborations are key to the BBC’s charter obligations for research and development activities, which:
- Maintain the BBC’s position as a Centre of Excellence for research and development in broadcasting and related technologies.
- Pay particular attention to the development of “open standards”
- Are conducted within the BBC and in co-operation with university departments and businesses
Importantly, partnerships add value to BBC output and services and deliver greater value to audiences through inventions and innovations developed collaboratively with partners from academia and industry.
Partnerships allow us to develop talented and skilled individuals, train and equip them to address future challenges that will continue to deliver innovative, engaging and accessible content and services.
"Collaboration with our partners in industry and academia is essential to making our vision of the future a reality. Together we are investigating the creative possibilities the internet allows for programme makers and audiences. And together we are setting the standards to make our vision a reality."
Controller, BBC R&D
Collaborative research projects
We have a rich and successful history of collaborating with partners in the UK, Europe and across the world. As a strategic partner of leading Funding Bodies, we help to influence the research and innovation landscape. Our own staff are experts in the impact assessment of research outcomes from industry-academic consortia
Our applied collaborative research project outcomes have far-reaching benefits, economically socially and culturally. We are driven by demonstrating measurable impact across the BBC with our design, engineering and editorial business colleagues, aswell as on the wider industry, and on our diverse audience.
Major Partnership Frameworks
Our long-term themed academic partnerships help to advance the state-of-the-art in their research domains.
We create value for both the BBC and for our academic partners by driving measurable impact from our collaborations. The impact benefits our audiences and the wider global industry.
These multi-partner five-year framework partnerships with universities pull together a critical mass of experts, to address long-term challenges, by harnessing BBC’s knowhow and applying scientific academic rigour.
Examples of such recent partnerships include:
Through these long-term partnerships we work with best-of-breed academic experts to develop our BBC capability in order to deliver compelling experiences for our audiences and drive the industry forward. The impact that this five-year collaborative activity generates is significant in terms of reaching existing audiences in new ways, reaching new audiences, influencing national policy and feeding into international open standards for the benefit of widespread adoption.
Applied Research to solve industry-based problems
Our networks of partners across the UK and Europe have achieved measurable impact, economically, culturally and on wider society.
Training and Skills Development
Hosting Industrial CASE PhD students and Engineering Doctorate students in our labs is one of our flagship activities. We sponsor students for the entirely of their doctoral training, and for short-term internships.
We provide bright young scientists and engineers with on-the-job training in a corporate R&D facility. The skills they develop in our research environment and on attachment throughout the BBC are key to their future success. It is also an effective talent spotting opportunity for us.
Knowledge Sharing and Impact Assessment
We actively contribute to knowledge sharing through secondments of academics into R&D and of R&D staff into academia.
We sit on numerous technology advisory boards and provide expert impact assessor and reviewers to funding bodies and other agencies.
Influence and National Importance
We proactively help to influence and shape the strategic research agendas of key funding bodies, by identifying future challenges and ways of tackling them.
We are strategic partners of UK Research Councils and seek to influence transformational change in areas that will achieve greatest impact on UK plc and our citizens. We contribute to the agendas of industry consortia for technological advance, viable business models, and user/consumer benefit. We work closely with UK Government and their agendas for science, technology and innovation and for the arts and humanities.