Developing productive places: The role of universities in skills ecosystems case studies

Skills matter. They are at the heart of productivity and growth. They help people to improve their job satisfaction and their income, and to lead more fulfilled lives. They underpin the success of businesses as well as public and voluntary sector organisations.

The success of our towns, cities and regions depend on supporting people to gain knowledge and skills, and helping organisations to innovate and grow.

As our latest report Developing productive places: The role of universities in skills ecosystems reveals, universities have a vital role in helping to tackle the skills challenge.  Below are a selection of case studies that demonstrate how Alliance universities are making this happen.


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Knowledge exchange

Liverpool John Moores University: Driving the Northern Economy

A private and public sector consortium with LJMU, Mersey Maritime & Peel Group…


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Knowledge exchange

Manchester Metropolitan University: Knowledge transfer supports businesses

MMU is a key driver of the regional and national economy…


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UWE Bristol: Innovation Networks uses academic expertise to deliver growth

UWE Bristol has led a number of consultancy initiatives with businesses…


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The Open University: The NHS Leadership Academy

Ensuring the NHS workforce has the skills it needs…


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Teaching & curriculum development

Kingston University: A cut above with fashion course

Links with some of the biggest names in the business…



Teaching & curriculum development

The University of Huddersfield: Putting law into practice

Preparing students for the practicalities of working life…


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Outreach & widening participation

Oxford Brookes University: Brookes Engage offers local students route into HE

Programme developed for students who are under-represented in HE…


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Informal activities

UWE Bristol: Green Capital puts students at heart of community

Taking a lead in sustainable activities across the city…


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Graduate recruitment

Sheffield Hallam University: Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeships

A new kind of apprenticeship with SHU and Nestlé…


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University of Greenwich: Work-based learning embeds practical skills into studies

Greenwich offers work-based learning with degree apprenticeship-like characteristics


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Graduate recruitment

Coventry University: UK’s first ‘Faculty on the Factory Floor’

Tackling the severe skills shortage in manufacturing and engineering sector…


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Action research

The University of Salford: Pendleton Together Partnership

Industry partnerships delivering evidence-based decision making & innovative thinking…

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