Times Higher Education, on UK ‘university-business collaborations’ [paywall]:

Figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa) show that 76,619 university-business interactions occurred in 2022-23. This was down by 5 per cent from the number registered in 2021-22, and the lowest level since at least 2014-15 – including years that were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The story is pegged, ironically, to financial pressures—that a cash crunch is hobbling university-business “collaboration.” But that’s not what’s striking: The main takeaway, instead, is that entanglements with corporations are so normalized (in the UK, yes, but most everywhere) that there’s a countable “interactions” measure—with 76,619 registered as a disappointment.

Business-university ties go back centuries, but it’s easy to forget that before the late 1970s, such partnerships were rare.