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Innovation and growth factsheet series: elected mayors

Elected mayors

As plans for the devolution of power to local areas continue to develop, the office of mayor could become a viable alternative to senior national office,​ and one that wields considerable influence, including over university affairs.​

This factsheet sets out the current state of play with elected mayors and the wider devolution agenda in England, and what it means for universities.


Report predicts significant increase in the number of degree apprenticeships

9 March 2017
A report today from Universities UK is predicting a significant increase in the number of people opting for degree apprenticeships in England.

FT letter: UK must remain open to highly skilled international talent

19 December 2016
Business, university and charity leaders - including the heads of the the CBI, the Royal Society and the British Medical Association - have signed a letter published in the Financial Times, saying that the UK must remain open to international talent.


Universities, place and the industrial strategy

9 October 2017
James Ransom, Policy Researcher at Universities UK, highlights the role universities play in their local areas and outlines three ways in which this role can be strengthed.

How can universities better support local and regional businesses?

31 March 2017
Andrew Buckley, Chief Executive at RTC North, highlights how much universities have to offer local businesses and how the higher education sector can help address critical skills challenges.