Press release

million+ comment on City Growth Commission report on growth in the UK

22 Oct 2014

The university think-tank million+ has commented on the report published by the RSA’s City Growth Commission which outlines how cities can create stronger, more inclusive and sustainable growth in the UK. The report touches on the role universities have to play in regional and national development which is a finding the university think-tank have highlighted in previous research.

Pam Tatlow Chief Executive, million+ said:

“The Commission’s recognition of the role of universities in regeneration is welcome. However the idea that city-regions should establish investment funds for research risks putting some areas of the country which have not yet recovered from the economic downtown at a further disadvantage.

“It is also difficult to see why additional support is needed to persuade graduates to stay in the region in which they have studied since the majority of graduates already study and work in the region in which they lived before going to university.”


Notes to editors
1. For further information or to arrange an interview, contact Rochelle Owusu- Antwi, Press and Communications Officer, million+ on 020 7717 1658 / 07527 336 795 or email
2. million+ is a leading university think-tank. More information can be found at
3. million+’s Smarter Regions Smarter Britain report highlights the role and impact universities and graduates  have on the economy regionally and nationally. The full report can be found here.