How universities are levelling up opportunity

13 July 2020

The Government has set a clear ambition to level up opportunity and investment across the regions of the UK and unleash the country’s full potential. We share that ambition.

Russell Group universities strive to serve the whole of the UK as educators, leaders in research and innovation, as business incubators and as the gateway to people and ideas from around the world. In turn, our institutions have become anchors for growth and investment in their local, regional and national communities and are helping to transform many of our major cities through the high-value jobs, businesses and overseas investment they attract.

19 of the 24 Russell Group universities are located outside of London, based in cities in every nation and region of the UK. Together, they generate around £87 billion for the UK economy every year through their research, teaching, exports, local buying power and other activities – but we want to do even more.

Investing in place-based economic growth, in fundamental research, in key strategic science-based missions and in the talent pipeline for future high-level skills will create jobs, help realise the levelling-up ambition and boost our knowledge economy as we work to overcome Covid-19.

Read the full briefing which covers how Russell Group universities are playing their part in levelling up opportunity and investment across the regions and nations of the UK:

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