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Universities, communities and business: collaborating to drive growth and power innovation

27 Apr 2016, 09:30 - 16:30

Universities, communities and business is a must-attend conference for anyone in higher education, local authority or business with a responsibility for building or contributing to partnerships between these organisations.

This conference on universities, communities and business collaboration will include:

  • Enhancing the role of universities in local and regional economies
  • Maximising the economic growth benefits from university activities
  • Engagement and collaboration with business and other academic, cultural and research organisations
  • Growth Hubs and new forms of collaboration to deliver business support
  • New forms of funding for local growth
  • Higher level skills supporting the local economy
  • Devolution and the opportunities for universities
  • Smart specialisation and what it means for universities 

Why are we talking about universities, communities and business collaboration now?

Universities have long been key drivers of economic growth, and a vital part of the innovation system locally, nationally and globally, providing world leading research, technological innovation, business support, and highly skilled graduates. 

Now more than ever building and sustaining successful links with business and local organisations is crucial for the UK economy and the university sector.

This conference offers delegates a unique opportunity for delegates to hear from the leaders of institutions, business, government and other academic, cultural and research organisations on how to develop mutually beneficial partnerships for the future.

Key contacts

Rachael Firth

Rachael Firth

Head of Events and Engagement
Universities UK

Katie Ross

Katie Ross

Senior Events Officer
Universities UK

Holly Wildish-Jones

Holly Wildish-Jones

Marketing and Internal Communications Officer
Universities UK


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