The event will be chaired by Andy Haldane, Chair of the Industrial Strategy Council and Chief Economist at the Bank of England. Our other speakers include:
Professor Peter Mathieson, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Edinburgh
Dan Wake, Policy Analyst, Universities UK
The Industrial Strategy notes that a key attribute of strong local economies is a rich innovation system, often built around a university. It also notes that higher education brings economic benefits through "the provision of higher-level skills that are needed by employers both nationally and within local areas". That means universities and colleges should make important contributions to the aims of the Industrial Strategy.
The Industrial Strategy Council commissioned Universities UK to undertake a data exploration project to better understand these contributions to prosperity. The project focuses on three areas: knowledge exchange, research and innovation, and skills development. The project considers how universities support the business environment and explores how funding for universities is distributed for industry-focussed research across the Grand Challenges. Data visualisations have been produced from existing data sources to investigate these areas of activity, along with a summary report and technical appendix.
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Andrew G Haldane is the Chief Economist at the Bank of England. He is a member of the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee and Chair of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Council.
Among other positions, he is Honorary Professor at University of Nottingham, a Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He has authored around 200 articles and 4 books. Andrew is the founder and trustee of ‘Pro Bono Economics’, a charity which brokers economists into charitable projects, a trustee of National Numeracy and Patron of the charities Reach and Speakers for Schools.
Professor Peter Mathieson assumed the office of Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh in February 2018.
Peter Mathieson was born and educated in the United Kingdom. He went to a state grammar school in Penzance, Cornwall and was the first member of his family to go to university. He read Medicine at the London Hospital Medical College and qualified with First Class Honours from the University of London in 1983.
He was awarded a PhD by the University of Cambridge in 1992. He became Director of Studies for Clinical Medicine at Christ’s College, Cambridge following his PhD. In 2007, Peter became Head of the University Department of Clinical Science at North Bristol, was appointed as Director of Research & Development for the North Bristol NHS Trust, and was elected President of the Renal Association.
Daniel is a Policy Analyst at Universities UK. Daniel studied politics at Loughborough University and at Lund University (Sweden) as part of the Erasmus programme. He has worked previously as a research officer for the British Universities Finance Directors Group (BUFDG) and as a senior researcher for the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).