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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.