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THE University of Gloucestershire has unveiled plans to work closer with the county's businesses, support companies and make its students more employable.
Vice Chancellor Stephen Marston said the university had an important part to play in promoting the county's economy.
"The university may have some way to go but we are serious about working with business," he said.
He addressed about 200 county business leaders who attended a Business Showcase at the university's Oxstalls campus in Gloucester last week.
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They heard about various initiatives aimed at helping students gain jobs with county businesses and various schemes to help companies grow.
Mr Marston said 73 per cent of University of Gloucestershire leavers went into jobs compared with the national average of 63 per cent. About a third of county students find work in the county.
"We think about two thirds would like to find jobs in Gloucestershire if they could. That's an issue for us, we could be doing more to help the economy of Gloucestershire," said Mr Marston.
The university is examining how its courses can be made more relevant to county businesses and expanding the range of direct services it offers.
This includes business incubators, knowledge transfer, consultancy, research and work based training through the Nexus programme.
The university has launched the new innovation voucher scheme-a £286,000 initiative with businesses able to claim grants of up to £10,000 in subsidies for innovative projects. For more details tel. 01242 714104 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.glos.ac.uk/forbusiness
And the new Degreeplus internship programme and work placements are providing students with vital experience of the workplace.
Mr Marston said: "The University of Gloucestershire is committed to playing our part in supporting businesses and economic growth in Gloucestershire and beyond."