Universities across the UK are today insisting they can play a bigger role in generating economic growth and are calling on the government to create the conditions to accomplish this in a new report.
The ‘Our universities: generating growth and opportunity’ report, published on Monday by Universities UK, explores ways in which universities can contribute to economic growth, and makes several recommendations such as establishing collaborative hubs for skills development, building on the Help to Grow scheme, and the rapid expansion of University Enterprise Zones (UEZ).
Professor David Petley, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hull, said:
“Universities have always played a crucial role in sparking growth and developing opportunities through their research, innovation and enterprise.
“As an anchor institution in our region, the University of Hull is committed to driving developments to rebuild the economy as well as working towards a fairer, brighter future for everyone, by addressing social inequalities in our local communities.
“We will continue to deliver real impact, effecting regeneration and change in the region and beyond by reaching out to new partners, building stronger relationships, providing knowledge and skills exchange, training and support to industry, business and third-sector organisations.
“With more than 40 percent of graduates staying in our region after their studies, their advanced knowledge and skills will also have an important role to play in driving economic growth and prosperity here in Hull.