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South West RDA and University Challenge. Jill Sheen 26 September 2008. South West RDA and University Challenge. SWRDA Corporate Plan Examples of HE investments in priority places – past and future Challenges. SWRDA Corporate Plan 2008-11. SW RDA and HEFCE.

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south west rda and university challenge

South West RDA and University Challenge

Jill Sheen

26 September 2008

south west rda and university challenge1
South West RDA and University Challenge
  • SWRDA Corporate Plan
  • Examples of HE investments in priority places – past and future
  • Challenges
sw rda and hefce
SW RDA and HEFCE
  • Strategic Alliance (1st region)
  • Joint Investment Criteria
  • Regular contacts between RDA and HEFCE SW Regional Team
  • Working together with partners
priority places and university challenge
Priority Places and University Challenge
  • Combined Universities in Cornwall
  • North and South Devon
  • Somerset
  • Gloucestershire
  • Swindon
  • And…
cornwall and its challenges
Cornwall and its challenges
  • Rural and peripheral
  • GVA 75% of EU average (66.7% in 2001)
  • Very little higher education before CUC
  • Young people leaving to work /study
  • Economy dominated by small businesses
  • 35% of businesses have turnover <£500k
  • Wages below national average
combined universities in cornwall vision
Combined Universities in Cornwall Vision
  • To create a university infrastructure for Cornwall
  • To stem the brain drain
  • To help raise the game of business in Cornwall
  • To bring well paid jobs
  • To bring opportunities to people and businesses country wide
partnership
Partnership
  • £120m in two phases
  • HEFCE, SWRDA and Government funding
  • EU funding through Objective One Programme
  • EU ERDF and ESF Convergence from 2007 – transform Cornwall
  • Cornwall County Council role
north and south devon
North and South Devon
  • Access to universities difficult, low participation
  • North Devon College (Barnstaple)
    • New campus – LSC funded
    • University of Plymouth Colleges partner
    • HE and Innovation Centre
    • North Devon Plus (include Local Authorities) for economic development
  • South Devon College
    • Stand alone HE Centre (with LSC and business relations function)
    • Close links with existing Innovation Centre based at College (Torbay Council)
somerset universities partnership project supp
Somerset Universities Partnership Project (SUPP)
  • No university in county (but 3 FECs delivering significant amount of HE)
  • Complex pattern of partnerships with HEIs
  • Drive from Somerset County Council
  • Wide consensus to pursue collaborative option addressing needs of Somerset economy
other cold spots
Other ‘cold spots’
  • Joint HEFCE/RDA demand studies funded in
    • Gloucestershire
    • Swindon
university challenge s
University Challenge(s)
  • Partnerships – are they the right players? Strategic context.
  • Institutional issues – structure and commitment
  • Competition and collaboration
  • Business support simplification/Train to Gain
  • Employer engagement funding models
  • HE/FE links
  • Sustainability