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Beyond bricks and mortar boards: universities and the future of regional economic development

This report is based on joint work by IPPR North and Universities UK to understand better the impact of recent changes to regional and local structures and the emerging relations between universities and regions. 

The report considers changes in the regional infrastructure following the demise of Regional Development Agencies, and the government’s plan for growth and other changes announced as part of the localisation agenda. These have been considered in the light of other changes to public spending and more specifically the current reforms to the higher education system.

Attention is drawn in the report to the diversity of the sector and the varying roles that institutions can play within their region. The role of Local Enterprise Partnerships and how universities can participate in the new regional structure are also addressed, as are regional funding flows and the opportunities for universities in terms of civic leadership. The report also considers issues relating to business engagement, student enterprise and entrepreneurship, Regional Growth and ERDF funding, and workforce development.

The team

James Ransom

James Ransom

Policy Researcher
Universities UK

Greg Wade

Greg Wade

Programme Manager
Universities UK


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