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Univercities: the knowledge to power UK metros

City Growth Commission, Univercities: the knowledge to power UK metros, RSA, London, 2014. Pages: 17

This report is based on the research and evidence produced by the Growth Commission, established in October 2013. It contains policy recommendations focusing on the relationship between universities and cities and in particular the role of universities in metropolitan growth. 72 of the UK’s 123 universities are in the 15 largest metro areas. Competing in the global economy, universities will serve as increasingly important ‘anchor institutions’ in UK cities. They are already playing a key role, driving forward innovation in the knowledge economy and contributing to a skilled workforce by attracting the best global talent. To respond to growth opportunities related to workforce skills and industrial innovation within the local metro area, the Commission suggests a range of measures to maximise the local and regional economic growth benefits from university activities.