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”

City-REDI / WM REDI Round Up – September 2020

Events On the 23rd of September, Professor Raquel Ortega-Argiles took part in “Brexit and Manufacturing” session of the Centre for Brexit Studies Annual Meeting. On the 30th September, City-REDI / WM REDI and the Civic University Network held a webinar “Civic Universities and Inclusive Local Economic Recovery”. The event featured Lord Robert Kerslake, Lord David Willetts … Continue reading “City-REDI / WM REDI Round Up – September 2020”

Civic Engagement, Universities and Inclusive Growth: Responding to COVID-19

On the 30th September, City-REDI / WM REDI and the Civic University Network will be holding an event called “Civic Universities and Inclusive Local Economic Recovery“. The event will begin with a discussion between Lord Robert Kerslake (Chair of the Civic University Commission) Lord David Willetts (President – Resolution Foundation) and Sarah Davidson (CEO – … Continue reading “Civic Engagement, Universities and Inclusive Growth: Responding to COVID-19”

City-REDI Weekly Update – 9th April 2020

Welcome to your weekly update. If you have any feedback please let us know. Blogs The Long-Term Impact of Homeworking Arising From the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis The Coronavirus crisis has caused a large-scale switch to homeworking for businesses. In this blog, Dr Chloe Billing discusses some of the long-term impacts homeworking might have for individuals, … Continue reading “City-REDI Weekly Update – 9th April 2020”