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



Initiative Launch

The initiative was formally launched on 10th October 2007. The day's programme of events included presentations from all nine research teams. These presentations are available here.

Workshop One: University- Industry relationships 

Chaired by Ann Millar, Scottish Funding Council

University-Industry Knowledge Exchange: Demand Pull, Supply Push and the Public Space role of Higher Education Institutions in the UK Regions (Involves the University of Cambridge Centre for Business Research: 2 Year Project)

Investigating business-industry innovation linkages  (Involves the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the University of Bristol: 1 Year project)

Workshop Two: Students and Graduates 

Chaired by: Teresa Cooper, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales

Students as catalysts of City and Regional Growth (Involves the University of Glasgow: 18 month project)

Workshop Three: Regional Competitiveness

Chaired by: John Ireland, Scottish Government

Higher Education Institution Knowledge and its impact on regional competitiveness(Involves the University of Sheffield: 2 Year Project)

Impact of Research and Innovation Networks on Regional Competitiveness: The role of HEIs(Involves the University of Manchester, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff and University of East Anglia: 2 Year Project)

Workshop Four: Social Impact

 Chaired by Anna Marshall, Economic and Social Research Council

Universities and Community Engagement: Learning with Excluded Communities (Involves the Universitiy of Newcastle, 2 Year project)

Higher Education and Regional Transformation: Social and Cultural Perspectives (the HEART project)  (Involves the Open University Centre for Higher Education Research & University of East Anglia : 2 Year Project)

Workshop Five: Cross-cutting 

 Chaired by: Adrian Day, Higher Education Funding Council for England

The overall impact of HEIs on regional economies in the UK

a) Graduate labour market

b) System-wide modelling for overall impacts

(Involves the University of Strathclyde, University of Glasgow (Centre for Public Policy Research for the Regions), University of Southampton, University of Glamorgan: 3 year Project)

Media Coverage

Education Guardian

Science Business Bulletin

Press Association

As well as:

IC West Lothian,Nottingham Evening Post, IC Lancashire,Paisley Daily Express,Derby Evening Telegraph,The Bath Chronicle, The Press & Journal, Grimsby Evening Telegraph,IC Dumfries , ITV Scottish: Scotland Today (am), BBC Radio Scotland Drivetime, Radio Clyde, Teletext


Press Releases:

University of Strathclyde, University of Bristol, Open University, University of Glamorgan , Institute of Employment Studies