University of Leicester eBulletin

Royal Launch for New Enterprise Partnership

October 2002
No 215

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A University of Leicester enterprise was formally launched by His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent during a visit to the University’s internationally acclaimed Scarman Centre.

Perpetuity Research and Consultancy International (PRCI) is a spin-out company associated with the Scarman Centre and headed by Professor Martin Gill, who this month (October 2002) stood down as Director of the Scarman Centre to concentrate on the running of PRCI.

Speaking of the University’s high standing in recent league tables, its increasing student numbers, excellent teaching quality assessments and high research and development income, the Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert Burgess pointed to the Scarman Centre as a leading example of the high quality of research the world has come to expect from the University.

From its inauguration in 1988 with just 12 students, the Scarman Centre now has more than 1,000 students from 70 countries, the majority studying by distance learning. The Centre runs 18 different courses including several in different aspects of Security Management and has made Leicester the lead university in the world in this subject area.

Noting the launch of PRCI Professor Gill stated: “PRCI is committed to providing both research and consultancy advice and to devising solutions to a range of problems that occur in the area of security, risk and crime management areas. We aim to make a difference for our clients.”

Professor Burgess commended the establishment of PRCI, commenting that spin-out companies were a valuable way in which the University could act as a motor of change in the region, working closely with the East Midlands Development Agency. To this end the University has set up a Business Activities Group to encourage the development of high quality applied research for customers outside the academic world, which will contribute to the economy regionally, nationally and internationally.

Prince Michael responded that as Patron of the Export Council to the British Security Industry Association he had been delighted to visit the University of Leicester Scarman Centre and see for himself some of the work that has been set up. Following September 11, 2001 people were more aware of threats to security and the need for initiatives to combat these.

He paid tribute to PRCI for establishing a good presence in the field and winning contracts from influential groups. He concluded: “As far as my own organisation is concerned, we recognise the importance of independent initiatives such as this, and value what PRCI is doing.   This is a tribute to Lord Scarman’s legacy and I wish it every success … I shall very much look forward to hearing more about PRCI in the future”.

NOTE TO EDITORS:  Further information on the launch of Perpetuity Research Consultancy International or the University of Leicester Scarman Centre is available from Professor Martin Gill, telephone 0116 252 5709, facsimile 0116 252 5766, Mobile 0774 028 4286, email mg26@le.ac.uk  or m.gill@prci.biz (www.prci.biz).

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