Monthly Archives: April 2013

What will the A38 tunnels temporary closure bring

Well one thing is for sure it will be a lot quieter. These 8 lanes of roadway make a heck of a lot of noise and I am sure in terms of air pollution it is not good to linger to long on the bridge. (ps the shaking of the video is largely the bridge […]

Transportation in Birmingham: The need for a radical rethink?

My thesis in this blog post is that the main thing that is holding back this city is lack of resources, across a number of investment agendas, and the city needs to take the initiative. Does the city and the LEP lack imagination, possibly in part, they have not got triple helix approaches to innovation […]

The Coffin Works, Fleet Street, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

The Importance of Digital Skills for Birmingham’s Young People #nextgenskills

April 22nd 2013 Next Generation Skills Event in Millennium Point Fantastic event; big attendance, many views, some conflicting.  Programme for the day here  hastag for the day was #nextgenskills Speech of Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council A few bullet points from the event Great vision for the future of Millennium Point  Only 18% […]

Impact of Research Funding; Now HEFCE will take this into account in sharing out funding

Interestingly HEFCE is now trying to assess the wider impact of research in the 2014 REF exercise. For those non HE people this exercise shares out research funding in the UK and academics over the last year have desperately being trying to get articles published to up their traditional REF score.  This article by P […]

A List of Birmingham’s Regeneration Projects – Can you input?

I am trying to document major regeneration projects that have impacted on Birmingham since the early 1980’s. The list is really impressive but I am sure I have missed some and similarly I need to date some of these. I have made a list which you can access if you click on the image below; […]

Regeneration Focus to University of Birmingham’s new Institute of Advanced Studies

Following in the tradition of some of the University greats the University of Birmingham last week launched its Institute of Advanced Studies. The concept behind these is that they are cross disciplinary approaches; pulling on expertise from across a University to focus on specific issues. The IAS is going in the first 18 months to […]

EU Funding Guidance for 2014-2020 – what we can spend the money on

The Department of Business Innovation and Skills has recently published initial guidance on the new EU funding round for LEPs. and the Technical Annex With the demise of the Regional Development  Agencies it foresees a big role for the LEPs in helping to distribute these resources. In total England will be allocated approximately €6.2n over […]

University of Birmingham’s Economic Impact: A Review

Professor David Eastwood Vice Chancellor of the University of Birmingham presents a summary of this report in this video The University of Birmingham has just published a report detailing the economic impact of the University. The report undertaken by Oxford Economics attempts to be a comprehensive analysis of all the economic levers the University pulls. In summary […]

#smartcitythinkersuk list – Who should be on the list?

Do you want to find out about the latest smart city/ future city thinking in the UK. I do. So who should we follow on twitter.  Well I have three people to start off with but lets have your suggestions @dr_rick    He has been working in and studying smart city actions for the last few […]



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