Civic Universities for a Civil Society: (Un)Learning Habits of Impact, Engagement, and Action for Change

On 16 May, City-REDI held its fourth external seminar of 2024, featuring Helen Jarvis from Newcastle University with an online webinar about community organising as a place-based theory and method of civic university engagement. The seminar follows the publication of Professor Helen Jarvis’s paper ‘Community organising in higher education: activist community-engaged learning in geography’, highlighting … Continue reading “Civic Universities for a Civil Society: (Un)Learning Habits of Impact, Engagement, and Action for Change”

Developing a Business Case: Introduction to the Financial, Commercial and Managerial Cases

Alice Pugh explains the importance of having financial, commercial and managerial cases when raising a business case. This blog was first posted by the National Civic Impact Accelerator, based at Sheffield Hallam University. They are part of a series looking at what a business case is and how to develop one at a University. Visit … Continue reading “Developing a Business Case: Introduction to the Financial, Commercial and Managerial Cases”

Developing a Business Case: Introduction to the Strategic and Economic Cases

Alice Pugh explains the importance of having both a strategic and an economic case when raising a business case. This blog was first posted by the National Civic Impact Accelerator, based at Sheffield Hallam University. They are part of a series looking at what a business case is and how to develop one at a … Continue reading “Developing a Business Case: Introduction to the Strategic and Economic Cases”

What Is a Business Case? Why Are They Important to Universities?

Alice Pugh defines and explains why business cases are important for higher education research funders, government department funders, and local policymakers. This blog was first posted by the National Civic Impact Accelerator, based at Sheffield Hallam University. This is the first blog in a series looking at what a business case is and how to … Continue reading “What Is a Business Case? Why Are They Important to Universities?”

The Role of Universities in ‘Levelling Up’ the Region Post-Pandemic

John Goddard discusses the challenges of ‘levelling up’ within the higher education sector and how they can play a leading role going forward, post-pandemic. The challenges of ‘levelling-up’ cities and regions of the country will not go away. Universities can and do play a leading role as ‘anchor institutions’ throughout the country with a huge … Continue reading “The Role of Universities in ‘Levelling Up’ the Region Post-Pandemic”

Addressing the Climate Emergency in Birmingham: Using the Civic Index to Build University-Civic Collaborations

Hannes Read discusses how Universities and regional authorities can use the Civic Index to improve collaboration between these partners and help drive regional economic development. The Civic Index: A Tool Linking Economy, Environment, Institutions, and Place Collaboration between higher education and local/regional authorities is proven to be an important part of local and regional economic … Continue reading “Addressing the Climate Emergency in Birmingham: Using the Civic Index to Build University-Civic Collaborations”

Science, Universities and Rebalancing the UK Economy: A Provocation   

Professor John Goddard suggests how targeted R&D spending in universities could help rebalance the UK economy regionally.  R&D Spending and the ‘levelling up’ agenda The Conservative Party’s election manifesto pledged to spend £22bn per annum on research by 2024-25. Many argued that this could only be justified if the research system moves towards supporting the … Continue reading “Science, Universities and Rebalancing the UK Economy: A Provocation   “

Covid-19 Recovery Planning, Partnership Working and the Role of Universities in City-Regions

In this blog, Dr Abigail Taylor summarises findings from a recent WMREDI research project examining partnership working during the pandemic. WMREDI are today publishing a report presenting findings from a project examining how partnership working has developed during the pandemic and the role of universities in recovery planning. View the project page and report.  Research … Continue reading “Covid-19 Recovery Planning, Partnership Working and the Role of Universities in City-Regions”

The Contribution of Universities to Inclusive Regional Growth

On the 18th – 20th of May, the Civic Universities Network will be holding its inaugural annual conference. Professor Simon Collinson will be hosting a conference panel session at the event looking at the contribution of universities to inclusive growth. In this blog, Professor Collinson outlines some of the challenges of evaluating and enhancing this … Continue reading “The Contribution of Universities to Inclusive Regional Growth”

City-REDI / WM REDI Round Up – October 2020

Media engagements Professor Simon Collinson featured on Times Radio on the 22nd October 2020, talking about the impact of Coronavirus on Devolution. The interview starts at 01:36:50. Professor John Goddard was featured in an article called “Covid-19 surge on campuses ‘risks poisoning town-gown relations’” in the Times Higher. Dr Magda Cepeda Zorrilla has been shortlisted … Continue reading “City-REDI / WM REDI Round Up – October 2020”