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Growing the future: Universities leading, changing and creating the regional economy

Thursday, 03 November 2011
13:00 - 15:00
The Work Foundation


  • Libby Hackett, director, University Alliance
  • Dr Neil Lee, senior economist, The Work Foundation
  • Wendy Purcell, vice-chancellor, Plymouth University
  • Angela Saini, award winning science journalist and author
  • Barry Sheerman MP, MP for Huddersfield

The Event

Universities are critical to the future growth of our economy. However much we may see this statement as indisputable; this role is often underplayed, under-utilised and misunderstood.  The Government’s growth review published earlier this year sets out some important and ambitious goals for the UK economy. Ahead of the Government’s second phase of the growth review, this debate and following roundtable discussion, looked at the role universities are playing in driving regional and national growth and the further steps needed to recognise the role universities have in leading the economic recovery.

‘Growing the future’ is a new publication from University Alliance, featuring articles from The Work Foundation, illustrating the vital role universities are playing in the economy through the voices of the very people who have experienced firstĀ­hand the power of genuine engagement and partnership with universities. Contributors range from business leaders, politicians, economists and the like from the UK and abroad, including, amongst others, Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Richard Lambert, Will Hutton, Angela Saini and a foreword from Vince Cable.

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