Universities play multiple roles in the success of their cities and regions. They are central to thriving skills, research and innovation ecosystems. They provide people with the skills business, industry and the public sector need. They carry out new research and ensure the findings have impact – sometimes bringing new or improved products to market, sometimes bringing new understanding to social problems that make it clear what changes are needed to improve the quality of life.
In her blog for Wonkhe, Chief Executive Maddalaine Ansell writes about the role of universities in our cities and regions.
‘Over the course of this year, we will shine a spotlight on some of the ways in which universities contribute to their cities and regions – and to make the case that, because of this, they must be central to the process of agreeing and implementing devolution strategies. This may involve a change of behaviour by universities too.’