The industrial strategy and universities: regional briefings

At the local and regional level, universities support growth by providing and creating jobs, and leading on local economic and social issues.

These briefings, published alongside our response to the government's ​industrial strategy green paper​, examine why universities matter for each of the nine English regions. Areas of focus include local businesses, big businesses, communities, school leavers and local services.

Why universities matter for
the North East

The 5 universities in the North East provide 14,661 jobs and contribute £724 million to the local economy.

Why universities matter for
the North West​

The 15 universities in the North West provide 31,085 jobs and contribute £1.7 billion to the local economy.

Why universities matter for
Yorkshire and the Humber

The 12 universities in Yorkshire and the Humber provide 27,375 jobs and contribute £1.5 billion to the local economy.

Why universities matter for
the East Midlands

The 9 universities in the East Midlands provide 21,478 jobs and contribute £1.1 billion to the local economy.

Why universities matter for
the West Midlands

The 12 universities in the West Midlands provide 23,674 jobs and contribute £1.3 billion to the local economy.

Why universities matter for
the East of England

The 10 universities in the East of England provide 21,123 jobs and contribute £1.4 billion to the local economy.

Why universities matter for
the South East

The 21 universities in the South East provide 45,982 jobs and contribute £2.5 billion to the local economy.

Why universities matter for
the South West

The 13 universities in the South West provide 20,552 jobs and contribute £1.1 billion to the local economy.

Why universities matter for
London

The 38 universities in London provide 56,896 jobs and contribute £3.7 billion to the local economy.

News

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Universities UK response to government announcement of additional student hardship funding

2 February 2021
While the additional funding is welcome, the government must also acknowledge that student hardship is just one of many increasingly difficult issues facing students, universities and staff at this time.

UUK response to government’s interim response to the Augar review, post-qualifications admissions consultation and TEF

21 January 2021
UUK has responded to government’s interim response to the Augar review, post-qualifications admissions consultation and TEF

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Laying the foundations for a skills-led recovery

29 January 2021
​Following the publication of the UK government’s Skills for jobs white paper, Greg Wade, UUK’s policy lead on innovation, growth, employability and skills, studies its proposals and makes the case for a ‘whole skills approach’.

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Pathways and flexibility are key to supporting lifelong learning

18 December 2020
Dave Phoenix, Vice-Chancellor of London South Bank University, argues that if we are to facilitate lifelong learning and avoid ‘educational dead ends’, universities must play a core role in qualification design.