Royal Launch for New Enterprise Partnership
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com (www.prci.biz).
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