Responding to the UK Government’s Levelling Up White Paper, Professor Steve West CBE, President of Universities UK and Vice-Chancellor of UWE Bristol, said:
The impact of universities on people and places can be truly transformational. Universities are crucial to levelling up, by bringing together student populations, research partners, local businesses and employers to create vibrant communities, jobs and opportunity across the UK.
“Universities are determined to reach out further and wider to students of all ages from low income households and other under-represented groups so they can benefit from a university experience. They are also working closely in partnership with colleges, local government, and LEPs in England to create a diverse range of rewarding learning opportunities that meet the needs of employers and communities. It is important that government creates the right conditions for universities to fully support business growth and skills development for all learners to ensure that graduates want to stay, work and contribute in every community.
Professor Steve West CBE
President of Universities UK