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Kim MacLean
SIA Wave 3 Announcement
The Smart Specialisation Hub has been involved in a number of the successful Wave 3 Science and Innovation Audits (SIAs), announced last week by the Universities and Science Minister, Jo Johnson. The next wave rolls in The twelve consortia that will be part of the 3rd wave of the Science and Innovation Audits are: Cyber...
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The Smart Specialisation Hub is seeking feedback on its recently published analysis, Mapping England’s Innovation Activity, from key stakeholders and our wider audience via a short online survey. We invite you to comment freely on the analysis and encourage feedback, even beyond this current survey phase. You can fill in the survey here until 14th...
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The Hub website relaunch
The last three months have been particularly important – and busy –for the Smart Specialisation Hub. Here's what we've been up to.
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The Smart Specialisation Hub is pleased to announce the release of Mapping England's Innovation Activity, our latest data tool to map innovation activity across England's LEPs.
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The issue of inclusive growth has become an important element of the policy agenda, according to Laura Heery, Economist at the University of Ulster.
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The Government’s recent Industrial Strategy Green Paper leaves a large area of freedom for universities to get more involved with responsible innovation.
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The Government’s recent Industrial Strategy Green Paper leaves a large area of freedom for universities to get more involved with responsible innovation.
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Ross Burton and joined the Hub as the Stakeholder Engagement Manager. He spoke to us about what that means for the Hub, and gave us a bit of info about his background.
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This week, the Hub sent representatives to two very informative economic strategy events at Nesta at the RSA that discussed the social impact of the economy and investments.
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Last week, members of the Smart Spec Hub team attended Innovate East, a chance for the members of the team to find out what’s happening “on the ground”.
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The Aerohub Business Park at Cornwall Airport Newquay has announced its first occupier in an investment deal that is expected to create more than 20 jobs.
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The Aerohub Business Park at Cornwall Airport Newquay has announced its first occupier in an investment deal that is expected to create more than 20 jobs.
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SELEP area is to receive a further £102m of government funding to help create jobs, support businesses and create new growth opportunities.
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The Smart Spec Hub is pleased to announce the launch of two more LEPs as part of its ongoing project compiling a working comparative framework.
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Prime Minister Theresa May has included Lancashire in the latest round of Northern Powerhouse funding, as part of the Government's wider Industrial Strategy.
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Prime Minister Theresa May will use her first regional Cabinet meeting this morning (23 January) to launch proposals for a modern Industrial Strategy to build on Britain’s strengths and tackle its underlying weaknesses to secure a future as a competitive, global nation.
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Falmouth Launchpad has announced, as a result of a successful ERDF application (as mentioned in our inaugural Annual Report), that it is now recruiting to fill various open roles.
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The Smart Specialisation Hub is focused on the experience of our end users. We’re pleased to be able to present a new way of visualising our data framework.
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The Smart Specialisation Team is proud to present its first Annual Report, detailing the story and progress of Smart Specialisation across England. It provides living examples of Smart Specialisation at every stage, from a range of LEP areas and from our Hub partners and collaborators.
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This month, leading up to the publication of our inaugural Annual Report, we are outlining case studies from across the 38 LEPs in England that demonstrate best practice and good examples of Smart Specialisation. Of course this cannot be considered in isolation; the Government’s forthcoming Industrial Strategy should, when published, be taken into account by...
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As you know, this month’s theme concentrates on the upcoming pilot framework launch for the Smart Specialisation Hub Observatory. This week we’re focusing on Heart of the South West LEP (HotSW). HotSW has adopted an evidence-led approach to identifying their priority sectors which aligns closely with the tenets of Smart Specialisation.
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Greater Manchester and healthcare innovation
As we mentioned last week, one of our pilot LEPs for the framework is Greater Manchester LEP (GM). GM has been making strides over the past decade toward greater devolution of powers from central government, to help reform public services alongside supporting local economic growth.
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The North East LEP (NELEP) can be considered one of the more advanced facets of the Smart Specialisation story in England. It was among the first to release its Strategic Economic Plan in March 2014, and is planning to release an updated version to demonstrate its current focuses.
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As we kick off our month of local innovation and Smart Specialisation case studies, we’re beginning to build a stock of best practice across the country, to promote prioritisation and evidence-led innovation investment. First, we’re revisiting some of the examples cited in Sir Andrew Witty’s Review of Universities and Growth, ‘Encouraging a British Invention Revolution’.  One...
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Place-based innovation: the story so far
In 2013, Sir Andrew Witty published his Review of Universities and Growth, ‘Encouraging a British Invention Revolution’. He put forth the view that whilst the kind of impactful university-business collaborations he wanted to see were happening in the UK, they were not happening consistently or strategically in a placed-based manner. Almost three years on, this...
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In case you’ve missed any news, here is a roundup of this month’s blog posts.
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As we’ve seen, Smart Specialisation as a concept aims to support bottom-up discovery of local strengths and assets. At European level, much as in England, the performance and participation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is vital in realising the potential of a region. The following is adapted from material originally posted on the website...
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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, through the Smart Specialisation Platform (S3 Platform) provides support to EU regions and member states in the design and implementation of their research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation. The S3P is also making an open call to cooperate on fields related to sustainable energy –...
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As part of our “S3P” theme, this week’s blog post comes from Jens Sörvik, Researcher at the Joint Research Centre at the European Commission. Jens kindly outlined for us the aims and scope of the Smart Specialisation Platform (S3P) in Seville, in particular with regard to its structure and background.
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August’s theme on the Smart Specialisation Hub will focus on the European view of Smart Specialisation, including pieces from the Smart Specialisation Platform (S3P) in Seville.
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In case you’ve missed any news, here is a roundup of this month’s blog posts.
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July on the Hub is “Meet the Team” month. We’ll be introducing you to each team member who makes up the Smart Specialisation Team. We’ll be giving you a bit of information about their background, outlining what it is they do and what they have planned. First up, the Digital Communications Officer, Kim MacLean (comms@smartspecialisationhub.org).
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In case you’ve missed any news, here is a roundup of this month’s blog posts.
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This week’s blog was guest written by Hans Möller, Innovation Director at the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP). Mr Möller took the time to tell us why NELEP considers Smart Specialisation to be an important part of the region’s innovation plans.
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The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is the lead partner for the Smart Specialisation Hub. The KTN is the UK’s Innovation Network, connecting people to speed up innovation, solve problems and find markets for new ideas. Sue Dunkerton, KTN Director and Chair of the Hub Programme Board, gave some insight into how the organisation is involved...
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Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has consistently framed its economic development priorities as part of its Strategic Economic Plan. Now, it aims to achieve a more local view on Smart Specialisation opportunities for the sub-region. Currently, LEP has three such projects in progress, which will set out a clear basis to promote and develop the innovation eco-system...
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June on the Smart Spec blog will focus on why regions across England should put Smart Specialisation at the heart of their business strategy. This week, we take a look at why the Department of Business, Innovation, and Skills (BIS) think Smart Specialisation is so important to the way businesses encourage innovation.
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In case you’ve missed any news, here is a roundup of this month’s blog posts.
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Higher Education for Smart Specialisation (HESS) is a project of the S3 Platform in Seville. It was launched by DG Education and Culture in the European Commission in March 2016 and builds on previous work that the S3 Platform has done on universities.
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Earlier this month, we looked at the contribution of universities to Smart Specialisation strategies. This included the skills, connectivity, and research outputs at the heart of regional innovation activities. In this blog post, we outline the benefits for HEIs of participating.
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