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News – 3LE and David Marlow in policy and practice

  • May 2018 – Exciting project work this month – developing the “roles of university in place” agendas, literally across the length of the country, during visits to both Newcastle City Futures and Plymouth College of Art; and key contributions locally working with the leadership teams of South Kesteven and Rutland.May 2018
  • May 2018 – Delighted and excited to be working with colleagues at Regeneris again – this time on an impact analysis of University of Reading
  • April 2018 – Hard to imagine a more chaotic approach to local government reorganisation and devolution than this Government’s – but this LGIU policy briefing tries to assist local authorities and partners to make the most of it,
  • April 2018 – Delighted to be working again with a Senior Management Team at Oldham Council on their visioning of Oldham as a district, and how the Economy and Skills Directorate support members, colleagues and partners build success across the borough.
  • March 2018 – A real honour to be invited to present and participate in the Fraunhofer ISI workshop on “Innovation-based regional change in Europe”. My presentation looked at University roles in urban and lagging regions in the UK, drawing on North-East and Lincolnshire case studies.  Have a look at the presentation here.
  • March 2018 – The Greater Lincolnshire Innovation Council met mid-month to workshop our approach to the impending Local Industrial Strategy (LIS) – well-facilitated by close colleague Louise Kempton of CURDS. Will the LIS’s articulate visionary ambitions and make hard strategic choices to progress them; or will it be just another in the long-line of bidding documents for government patronage?
  • March 2018 – Delighted to be working again with University of Warwick (institute for Employment Research) and for the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) Productivity and Skills commission. Look out for their annual report due out shortly – some important insights into productivity improvements, relevant in West Midlands and beyond.
  • March 2018 – Genuinely moved by a visit to the self-styled ‘end of the world’ in Tierra del Fuego. As my latest blog reflects, we have to believe that another world is possible.
  • February 2018 – Fascinating to pay a brief visit to the Falkland Islands and to meet the Government’s CEO – Barry Rowlands. All the UK Overseas Territories (OTs) are distinctive and different from each other. Where there is read-across is in the challenges they have dealing with Whitehall and Westminster. Ring a bell? There is some merit in much more contact between UK Council’s, perhaps the new Combined Authorities, and UK OTs.
  • February 2018 – What should we make of the future of LEPs? In the light of major concerns about accountability, the emergency of mayoral Combined Authorities, and the ambiguous intentions for them in the Industrial Strategy White Paper, there is a lot to consider in this LEP and Local Authority 2018 Agendas briefing.
  • February 2018 – Looking forward to collaborating again with IER, University of Warwick to assist the West Midlands Combined Authority Productivity and Skills Commission pull together it’s findings to date and consider it’s work programme for 2018/19 and beyond.
  • January 2018 – I am proud to be strategic advisor of my local council – South Kesteven – a relationship we have developed since 2015. SK has an extraordinary portfolio of investments that will shape the district going forward, leveraging SK’s notable national assets and capabilities. Delighted that my first meeting of the year with Leader, Deputy Leader and CEO, has agreed an ambitious agenda of innovation on SK Futures and how these shape present priorities. More non-metropolitan cities and communities need to do this…
  • January 2018 – The work on an ‘anchor university revolution’ is gathering pace. The publication of ‘Anchors Aweigh’ as a RSA blog is the third of a trilogy of pieces on the topic – following Wonkhe and Regeneris articles in late 2017. With the completion of two reports for Plymouth College of Art (PCA) which develop the thinking, assemble the academic and Plymouth evidence, and contextualise this locally and nationally, I look forward to taking this forward in the coming quarter.

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