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IED Webinar: How can economic development professionals work most effectively with Higher Education institutions to drive growth?

02 Feb 2021 - Online via Zoom 2-3pm

All universities have a vital role to play in supporting people on their doorstep – and it is essential that Higher Education institutions engage with local authorities and their communities to make the most of their expertise to deliver economic impact. Never has this been more important than during the Covid-19 pandemic, with ‘anchor institutions’ coming together to help individuals, businesses and organisations to stay resilient and be ready to grow once the crisis is over. Collaboration is crucial as we all seek to help our communities withstand the economic impact and be ready for strong recovery. In ‘normal times’, the contribution of Higher Education to local and regional economies is monumental, and there is an opportunity for local authorities to work even more closely with universities to drive the most regional economic benefit from them. And in the context of the levelling up agenda, Lord Kerslake, in his capacity as the Chair of UK2070 Commission, has said that universities are central to solutions on UK regional inequality.

So how is the relationship between economic development and Higher Education institutions playing out? We have pulled together an expert panel to allow anyone with an interest in economic development and regeneration to hear from leading university professionals on this issue and how together we can drive growth. This webinar is essential for anyone working in economic development and Higher Education, public, private and third sector. Delegates on the webinar will have the opportunity to pose questions to the panel, and share thinking themselves, in an interactive one-hour session.

Chair: Nigel Wilcock, Executive Director, Institute of Economic Development

Confirmed panellists so far:

Mark Pearson, Head of Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise, Research and Innovation, Royal Holloway, University of London

Professor Kiran Trehan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Partnerships and Engagement at the University of York.

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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