Universities, Levelling Up and the Employment Crisis

Public First have worked alongside the UPP Foundation on two reports that examine the role of universities in driving the ‘levelling up’ agenda and addressing the forthcoming employment crisis. These are published alongside a map visualising the proximity of universities to nearby left “behind” and “shut down” towns. You can find the reports and map here.

This research also looks at the wider role of how universities can support their local communities – based on detailed polling and focus group work in Darlington, Dudley and Oldham. It calls for a focus on rejuvenating the high street, supporting the NHS, and helping raise school standards.

For coverage in the press, please see The Times’ article on these reports here.