The Work Foundation has had a strong relationship with Lancaster University since 2010; and our unique relationship has enabled us to draw on the expertise and knowledge across the university.

Over the last year we have developed particularly strong ties with Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) on a number of fronts from operational support to joint research priorities and bids.  Respectful of our independence and thought leadership, we do however share synergies across different research facilities and disciplines.

This cooperation enables both organisations to have an increased influence on the change agenda, devoting expertise to research in areas that are crucial to the UK economy through collaboration and partnership.

Wave 2 Growth Hubs Programme

As an early initiative in the Devolution and Local Growth agenda, Lancaster University, supported by the Work Foundation with expertise in evaluation, delivered this £32m Regional Growth Fund Programme to establish 15 Growth Hubs from Teeside to Plymouth. The interim report charts the process followed; the progress made and the interim outcomes from the project which has supported the creation of over 4,000 jobs and a network of expertise across England.

Performance related pay in the public sector

The Office of Manpower Economics commissioned the Work Foundation to conduct a literature review of the impact, effectiveness, and value for money of performance-related pay (PRP) systems in the public sector.  The review was undertaken by a team of researchers at the Work Foundation and drew upon the expertise of a panel of advisers from LUMS.