Towards a Civic University: Unpacking the Role of PhD Study in Personal Development, Professional Practice, and the World We Live In

In our latest blog, Hannes Read draws on the evidence review from the Review of the Economic and Social Value Produced through Funding PhD Students report as part of the National Civic Impact Accelerator. This blog was first posted on the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) website. The four main audiences for this blog are … Continue reading “Towards a Civic University: Unpacking the Role of PhD Study in Personal Development, Professional Practice, and the World We Live In”

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Long COVID: Job Loss, Work Hours and Mental Health of Workers

Darja Reuschke explains some of the key findings of her latest paper with Donald Houston and Paul Sissons on the impacts of Long COVID on workers. Context COVID-19 infections are on the rise again. While for some, the symptoms will be flu-like, for others, an infection with the virus will cause long-term illness. By the … Continue reading “Long COVID: Job Loss, Work Hours and Mental Health of Workers”

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All Change – Policy Ideas for the Labour Government

With the general election now concluded, City-REDI reflects on our research to see what ideas we can draw out for the Labour government. Competitive funding is bad for places Back in 2022, we looked at levelling up in an edition of REDI-Updates. In drawing together all the lessons we learnt from understanding and measuring levelling … Continue reading “All Change – Policy Ideas for the Labour Government”

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Engaged Universities and Intelligent City/Regions

In recent years, universities in Europe, North America, and Australasia have increasingly re-engaged with their local cities and regions, recognising their civic roles that had been overshadowed by ambitions for national or international prestige. This renewed focus is driven by the economic, cultural, and demographic benefits that research-intensive universities bring to their regions and a … Continue reading “Engaged Universities and Intelligent City/Regions”

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General Election 2024: Whatever Happened to Levelling Up?

Hannes Read and Abigail Taylor look at how in the 2024 election campaign, ‘levelling up’, the initiative to address regional inequalities, has been largely neglected by major parties, despite its ongoing importance. The phrase ‘levelling up’ – which refers to tackling inequality between places – has been cast aside in the 2024 election campaign. There has … Continue reading “General Election 2024: Whatever Happened to Levelling Up?”

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The Future of Devolution Under a New Government – A Manifesto Guide

Rebecca Riley looks at the Conservative Party and Labour Party proposals for devolution. Each party’s stance on place and devolution reflects their broader political philosophies, with Labour and the Conservatives focusing on managed devolution within a united framework, while the Liberal Democrats, Greens, SNP, and Plaid Cymru push for more substantial devolved autonomy and constitutional reform. … Continue reading “The Future of Devolution Under a New Government – A Manifesto Guide”

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Riding Into the Future: A Comparison of the Transport Policies in the 2024 UK Election

The United Kingdom general election will be held on July 4. By now all political parties have published their general election manifesto. In this blog, Magda Cepeda-Zorrilla compiles a summary of the transport-related proposals from the Labour, Conservatives, Reform UK, Liberal Democrats and the Green Party. Potholes With a focus on modernizing Transport Infrastructure, Labour … Continue reading “Riding Into the Future: A Comparison of the Transport Policies in the 2024 UK Election”

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City-REDI/WMREDI Round Up – May and June 2024

Events – presenting work/ speaking engagements 7 May, members of City-REDI attended the Birmingham Anchor Network Co-ordination group. 15 May, members of City-REDI attended the Midlands Engine research, intelligence and policy partnership. 16 May, City-REDI held an academic seminar with Helen Jarvis from the University of Newcastle: Civic Universities for a Civil Society: (Un)Learning Habits … Continue reading “City-REDI/WMREDI Round Up – May and June 2024”

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West Midlands Economic Impact Monitor – 27 June 2024

This month, the World Bank has recommended global cooperation to safeguard trade, support green and digital transitions, deliver debt relief, and improve food security. Economy and Business Despite an improvement in near-term prospects, the global outlook remains subdued by historical standards. In 2024-25, growth is set to underperform its 2010s average in nearly 60 percent … Continue reading “West Midlands Economic Impact Monitor – 27 June 2024”

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CRRESY 7 (City-REDI REsearch SYmposium 7)

On 22nd May 2024, City-REDI hosted its seventh biannual research symposium. The in-person event featured various presentations from City-REDI researchers showcasing some of the institute’s research diversity. This blog from Hannes Read provides an overview of research from the event and his ten top takeaways. Readers are encouraged to contact the presenters for more information on … Continue reading “CRRESY 7 (City-REDI REsearch SYmposium 7)”

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