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Leaders in cities & regions

We are leaders in our cities and regions. Our on-going commitment to the development of our local communities helps them thrive and grow.

Universities have the scale and networks to drive local economic growth. We work with civic and business partners to ensure the success of our cities and regions. We must ensure Government's regional policy recognises and makes use of this, including through the development of University Enterprise zones.

Getting smart on innovation and growth

December 6, 2016 | by Tom Frostick
Alliance universities view Smart Specialisation and the pursuit of innovation-led regional growth and prosperity as part of their institutional mission. In our Creating innovative regions report, published as part of […]

Metro mayors need the right tools to boost skills

August 16, 2016
Combined authorities should make the case for more levers to shape skills policy, boost productivity and develop regional strengths, working alongside higher education institutions to ensure they are used effectively, argues […]

Wonkhe: It’s time for real action on the BME attainment gap

June 9, 2016
Following University Alliance’s report last month, Supporting Thriving Communities: the role of universities in reducing inequality, Nona McDuff, Director of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at Kingston University and Helen Barefoot, Deputy Director of […]

Universities: the hub and spoke in UK innovation

Follow this link for case studies from Alliance universities Ministers should treat universities as “active partners” in national innovation policy, according to a new publication from University Alliance. The report, Creating […]

Universities must tackle inequality in all its forms

May 24, 2016
Follow this link for case studies from Alliance institutions The government’s ambitions for higher education to improve life chances will only be met if university leaders make tackling inequality a […]