University Alliance submission to Higher Education Commission’s University Research and Regional Levelling-Up Inquiry

Working in partnership to support the growth of the economy and our towns and cities is central to our mission. Many of our member universities trace their origins to Britain’s Industrial Revolution and have worked closely with commercial and professional partners for more than 150 years. Alliance universities are a longstanding, stable presence in their regions and utilise their networks of graduates in many different occupations and close relationships with businesses and public sector bodies to act as hubs of research and innovation activity. As we look to rebuild we can draw on these long-standing partnerships to support a sustainable recovery that levels-up across our regions.

In this high-level submission, which has been made on behalf of our members, we address three key areas that are being examined by the Commission.

The full submission can be read here, or a summary of our headline asks are below.

Maximising R&D activity and economic impact

Collaboration between universities and industry on innovation

The role of the Advanced Research and Invention Agency (ARIA).

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