Alliance universities play key role in regeneration and investment in local communities

Alliance universities have a deep roots in their local communities, stretching back hundreds of years, with strong links to local industry, businesses and cultural institutions. Their anchor status in the local region provides opportunities not just for those attending the universities, but for the cities and towns in which they are situated. It’s an important part of our members’ ethos to build and support our local areas to be vibrant, exciting and thriving places to live.

Between 2016 and 2019, Alliance universities were awarded more than £68m to spend on regenerating their local communities, alongside our own significant investments. This has allowed members to draw on civic partnerships to support infrastructure, projects, planning and investment in the regeneration of our local towns and cities. As we begin to recover from the pandemic, this role will become even more important, as our universities stand ready to support an economic, social and cultural recovery.

Check out how Alliance universities have supported investment and regeneration in their local towns, cities and regions below.

Reimagining Kingston Town Centre’s Streets and Spaces strategy

Mapping Community University Partnerships

Turning Preston Barracks into a home for Brighton’s most innovative start-ups

Realising the St. Alban’s museum and gallery with University of Hertfordshire

Project STEAMhouse at Birmingham City University gets a new home

Funding the media sector in the Cardiff capital region

Future of the visual arts transformed in the West of England

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