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Talent and Innovation

The Thames Valley is a truly unique, truly global world-class business location, home to a community of established and aspiring global brands.

Driving entrepreneurs, innovation and business growth

Academic centres of excellence, global businesses and pioneering organisations, each with specialist areas in research, development and industry collaboration, call the Thames Valley home.


With a comprehensive talent pool, possessing some of the strongest commercial and technical skills that drive entrepreneurship, innovation and business growth, the region attracts and retains the highest calibre of staff.


Technical specialists across many industrial sectors collaborate with renowned institutions based in the region, to commercialise products and deliver projects. The region routinely has one of the highest outputs of patent generation and start-ups in the UK.


Thames Valley Universities

University of Oxford

Ranked the number one university in the world for the third year in a row, it is associated with 52 Nobel Prize winners, 27 British Prime Ministers and notable alumni, including Stephen Hawking and Oscar Wilde.

University of Reading

Housing Henley Business School, one of the oldest and most respected schools in Europe, the University is also renowned for its pioneering research on the dynamics and physics of weather and climate.

Oxford Brookes University

Listed in Times Higher Education Young University Rankings as the number one university in the UK for teaching and research, it has an international reputation, stemming from teaching staff with strong backgrounds in industry.

Bucks New University

Offering courses in business and management sectors, creative and cultural industries and public sector, Bucks New University has well-established connections with organisations, including the Thames Valley Police and several NHS trusts.

University of Buckingham

Founded on the principles of free thinking, it is esteemed for being entrepreneurial and innovative, and is the only university in the UK to be independent of direct government support.









Offering state-of-the-art learning facilities equipped with the latest technology and equipment to maximise the learning potential of their students.  There are 48 UTCs open in England, each one offering around 600 places.

UTC Oxfordshire

UTC Oxfordshire

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UTC Reading

UTC Reading

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UTC Swindon

UTC Swindon

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UTC Silverstone

UTC Silverstone

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Other centres of Excellence

National Film and Television School