Speaking engagement

Anchor Institutions - Universities’ Role in Local Economic Growth and Devolution

31 Jan 2017

Pam Tatlow will speak during a session at Policy UK's Anchor Institutions - Universities’ Role in Local Economic Growth and Devolution forum in Birmingham on Tuesday, 31 January.

The session will focus on The Role of Universities in Local Devolution Regional Leaders, Problem Solvers and the Third Mission.

The focus points will include:

  • Consideration of how to find solutions to local problems using academic expertise and university research, as well discussion on how the Brexit result has changed the importance of establishing relationships between universities and their local areas to ensure continued funding, projects and positive outcomes.
  • Examining the role and responsibilities universities have in local devolution, such as securing Local Growth Deals, building relationships with Mayoral Candidates as they become rolled out to more cities, as well as working in partnership with Enterprise Zones, LEPs and Science Parks to increase business development and spin-out opportunities.
  • Assessment on the outcomes and best practice examples from the Leading Places Project and how the project’s recommendations can be rolled out nationally, as well as how far Sir Andrew Witty’s recommendation for universities to carry out their ‘Third Mission’ (assuming a responsibility for facilitating economic growth in their localities), has been implemented and what more needs to be done.

More information is available here.