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Universities and growth: the Witty review - call for evidence

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The final report of Sir Andrew Witty’s independent review of the role universities can play in supporting growth.

Original consultation


Seeks views and evidence for Sir Andrew Witty's independent review on how universities can support local growth.

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Consultation description

On 9 July 2013 Sir Andrew Witty published preliminary findings of his independent review of universities and growth.

The preliminary findings do not make recommendations, cover a number of themes.

  • using sectoral/cluster strengths, rather than geographical units, to develop plans for regional growth
  • universities playing a stronger role in economic development
  • improving small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) access to universities, including university business schools playing a greater role in providing business support to SMEs
  • reducing complex funding streams supporting research and innovation
  • aligning the incentives and national organisations supporting innovation and regional growth to deliver to their full potential for the Industrial Strategy and for local growth

The preliminary findings include maps showing locations of excellent research, and where the economic activity in the industrial strategy sectors and technologies takes place.

Sir Andrew also encourages Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) to work closely with universities and develop strategic plans rooted in a sound understanding of a locality’s comparative advantage. He will make recommendations in his final report of the review at the end of the summer 2013.

About Sir Andrew Witty

Sir Andrew Witty is CEO of GlaxoSmithKline and Chancellor of the University of Nottingham. He is also the lead non-executive director at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

See also the Terms of Reference.


Sir Andrew Witty’s review of universities and growth: call for evidence

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Published 3 May 2013
Last updated 9 July 2013 + show all updates
  1. Preliminary findings report published.
  2. First published.