Impact of Higher Education Institutions on Regional Economies: A Joint Research Initiative



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Past Events


The Myth of the Ivory Tower:
The Wider Impact and Engagement of Universities
10.30 am – 3.15 pm, Monday 28th March 2011
Royal Society of Arts, 8 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6EZ

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Two day Conference, 16th & 17th November to be held in Edinburgh

More details to follow of November conference that will be held in Edinburgh on 16th & 17th November.

Open Public Lecture - 27th April 2010

Guest Speaker: Walter McMahon, Professor of Economics and Professor of Education Emeritus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

More details available here.

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

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Festival of Social Science - Sheffield 12th March

Half day seminar held in Sheffield on 12th March as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science.

Making An Impact - Universities and the Regional Economy

Wednesday 4th November 2009

A working conference and discussion seminar of the Impact of Higher Education Institutions on Regional Economies Initiative.

Scotland's Universities and the Economy: Impact, Value and Challenges

Tuesday 30th June 2009

A discussion seminar of the Impact initiative and the Overall Impact project.

Higher Education, Knowledge Exchange and the Economy

Tuesday 10 March 2009

The economic impact of higher education is currently an important matter for the Parliament and for the Scottish Government. This is a seminar intended to encourage knowledge exchange and discussion with Scottish Parliament, government and public agency researchers and policymakers regarding the economic and social role of higher education.

Higher Education - Making a Difference to Economies and Communities

Wednesday 28th January 2009

This event showing the latest findings from the initiative took place at Belfast Castle in Northern Ireland. The seminar was opened by Sir Reg Empey, Minister for Employment and Learning, NI

Universities, Graduates and Innovation - the Regional Impact of Higher Education

Tuesday 17th June 2008

This was a working conference and discussion seminar of the Impact of Higher Education Institutions on Regional Economies initiative held in partnership with the University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC). Download the full conference programme (PDF file) and presentations.

Launch of the initiative

Wednesday 10th October 2007

The initiative was formally launched on Wednesday 10th October at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. The purpose of the launch event was to bring together interested people from the business, policy and academic communities together with the initiative research teams to discuss the key issues arising in research on higher education’s social and economic impacts. There were workshops offering the opportunity to meet with the researchers to discuss the themes and to encourage business and policy community interaction and engagement with the ongoing research. For more details and to access copies of the presentations go to the Initiative Launch page.

Past Conferences

Triple Helix Conference on University, Industry & Government Linkages

The 7th Biennial Triple Helix Conference on University, Industry & Government Linkages : Glasgow, 17-19 June 2009

European Regional Science Association

Liverpool 2008. Downloaded Download initiative-related presentations given at this conference.

The Cambridge-MIT Institute Programme on Regional Innovation

The Role of Universities in Regional Development and Growth Workshop. 12 October 2007. (This workshop involves the IMPACT inititiative's Cambridge University team with Dr Michael Kitson speaking at the event)

The purpose of this workshop is to understand how information and knowledge is diffused within the business community and transferred between universities and firms, and how these processes might be supported and enhanced. The workshop will bring together specialists from the business, policy and academic communities to provide insights on how regional knowledge exchange initiatives work and the role of universities in different spatial and economic contexts.

OECD Conference

OECD Conference Globally Connected, Locally Engaged: Higher Education and Regions. 19th - 21st September 2007 Valencia, Spain

European Urban Research Association Conference

European Urban Research Association Conference: The Vital City, 12th -14th September 2007, Glasgow, Scotland

Included a workshop on The role of Higher Education in Cities and Regions This workshop is being coordinated by the IMPACT initiative's University of Glasgow team (Professors Moria Munro and Ivan Turok).