City-REDI / WMREDI Round Up – May 2022

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Events – presenting work/speaking engagements
  • On 26th April, City-REDI hosted a visit of four people from BEIS (Science, Technology, and Innovation Analysis team). The day included a visit to the Tyseley Energy Park in the morning, followed by lunch and presentations at the Exchange. Professor Anne Green chaired the afternoon discussions, and Professor Simon Collinson, Rebecca Riley, George Bramley and Dr Kostas Kollydas gave short presentations. Other invited speakers were from the WMCA and the Black Country Consortium.
  • Hannes Read presented two papers at the Forum for Global Challenges on 3rd May. The first is around the role of virtual internships in the Future of Education strand. The second paper looks into the future of the business district in the Future of Cities sessions.
  • Professor Simon Collinson Chaired a session on ‘Making a Green Economy Happen’ at the University of Birmingham’s Forum for Global Challenges, on 5th May. The panel included Lord Deben, Chair of the UK Climate Change Committee, Ian Thomson, Director of Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business, Chukwumerijie Okereke, from the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike in Nigeria, Ed Cox, Director for Inclusive Growth and Public Service Reform, WMCA and Vaitea Cowen, Co-founder and Head of Communications, Enapter.
  • Hannes Read led a round table discussion on evaluating the impact of student knowledge exchange at the Shaping the future of Student Engagement in Knowledge Exchange Conference at the University of Plymouth on 12th May.
  • George Bramley moderated several sessions at the UK Evaluation Society on 24th May.
  • George Bramley attended an EcoSystems Roundtable focusing on the importance of a social enterprise eco-system for growing the social economy in the West Midlands on 24th May organised by the Birmingham and Solihull Social Economy Consortium.
  • Hannes Read is launching a Student Knowledge Exchange Impact Toolkit at the Student Knowledge Exchange and Community Engaged Learning Symposium at The Exchange, University of Birmingham on 26th May to better inform evaluations of knowledge exchange activities.
Reports / publications released
Look ahead to the coming months…

On 23rd June, City-REDI / WMREDI will be holding its second policy forum (Chatham House) on the role Universities can play in the Levelling Up agenda. A series of policy briefings should be produced as a result of this forum.

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