Universities make a significant contribution to BSI and to standardization and BSI’s university relationships are extensive and long-standing. We use leading university expertise to help inform and shape our standards development programmes, from sustainable development and digital manufacturing to connected and autonomous vehicles. Academics are part of our standards-makers community, either as individual experts or representing higher education institutions. And through a range of activities, resources and materials, we work with universities to help raise student awareness of the benefits of standards to society and the economy, and to encourage and increase participation in standards-making. By strengthening university partnerships in our key strategic sectors, BSI aims to help shape an ambitious research agenda and facilitate knowledge exchange - positioning standards and standardization at the earliest opportunity in new fields of research and technology that seek to solve real-world challenges and create positive social change.