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The developing role of universities in regional economies - innovation and R&D, skills, partnerships, opportunities, and the impact of national policy

December 2021


Price: £95 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


This conference will discuss the contribution of the HE sector to reducing regional disparities and supporting development across the UK - including through its skills, teaching, and research and innovation outreach programmes - as well as how this can be maximised.


It will also be an opportunity to discuss the expected Levelling up White Paper and R&D Place Strategy and what they mean for the sector - as well as the UUK #GettingResults campaign and the Innovation Strategy.


We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with:


  • Lord Kerslake, Chair, Sheffield Hallam University; and President, Local Government Association
  • Richard Brabner, Director, UPP Foundation; and Member, Steering Group, Civic University Commission
  • Ceri Nursaw, Chief Executive, NCEE
  • Tom Richmond, Director, EDSK
  • Professor Simon Collinson, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Regional Engagement, University of Birmingham; and Director, West Midlands Regional Economic Development Institute and CITY-REDI

The agenda will bring out latest thinking on:


  • the role of UK universities in regional development
  • maximising the contribution of the HE sector in recovery from COVID-19
  • how HEIs can help develop the wider skills landscape
  • case studies in developing the civic contribution of HEIs, including:
    • local research and civic partnerships to tackle climate change and meet net-zero targets
    • promoting culture and heritage and the creative industries
    • supporting student entrepreneurship

The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from BEIS; the CLGU; the DCMS; the DSTL; the DfE; the Department for the Economy, NI; the DIT; the Department for the Economy, NI; the Government Office for Science; HMRC; the IPO; the OLS; the OPSS; the ONS; the UK Science & Innovation Network; the UK Space Agency; and the Welsh Government.



This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles