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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 […]

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 […]

#BirminghamThinkers 2013 Finalised List

Here is the final list of #birminghamthinkers 2013 You can also download a A4 poster celebrating the list  (click on the picture) Now why this exercise? Well I think there are many issues that face this city both here and now and coming at us fast. This city will have to change more in the […]

A selection of Images from Birmingham’s Metropolis Exhibition

A wonderful exhibition at Birmingham’s Museum and Art Gallery. Further details here

BIS: European Funding Post 2014 share out between England and the Devolved Administrations

Behind the scenes there is a lot of work going on on the new EU funding programmes in the UK from 2014. Two recent announcements are just the tip of the iceberg. Firstly they have announced how they intend the resources allocated to the UK to be shared out between Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and […]

Local Economic Growth: What will Work with ‘What Works’

The government (BIS/CLG) together with the ESRC has launched this call for teams to bid for a new research ‘What Works’ centre The idea is plainly to learn what mechanisms are better than others in driving forward economic growth at a local level. It details the characteristics the centre will have. It will be independent of […]



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