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Universities' role in 'Levelling Up' and building back better

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UPP Foundation is launching two new connected reports to explore Universities’ role in levelling up and building back better.

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The UPP Foundation and Civic University Network are delighted to invite you to a webinar on the role of universities in two of the greatest government priorities in domestic policy – how to ‘level up’ areas of the country, and how to ‘build back better’ after Covid.

The civic agenda has been a core part of the work of the UPP Foundation and the Civic University Network, following on from the publication of the UPP Foundation Civic University Commission report: Truly Civic: Strengthening the connection between universities and their places.

The UPP Foundation is launching two new connected reports to further explore this agenda this month, which this webinar will discuss.

Covid-19: preventing a health crisis from becoming a permanent jobs crisis; Universities’ role in levelling up and building back better, Part I

Extending civic engagement to post-industrial towns; Universities’ role in levelling up and building back better, Part II

The reports look at:

- The likely jobs crisis and the role of universities in supporting unemployed get back into employment, including through retraining.

- The wider role of universities in supporting towns, including where they don’t have a physical presence.

Both reports draw from opinion polling and focus group work to identify what local communities, and people at risk of unemployment, want – providing an agenda which universities and government can also coalesce around.

The webinar will consist of a short presentation of the findings of both reports and will be followed by an expert panel who will discuss the role of universities in the levelling up agenda. Speakers include:

RT HON Chris Skidmore MP - Former Minister for Universities

Professor Judith Petts CBE - Vice Chancellor, University of Plymouth

Richard Calvert - Deputy Vice Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University

Angela Foulkes - Chief Executive and Principal, The Sheffield College

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