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Kim MacLean
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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Over the 12th and 13th of April, the European Commission played host to a series of presentations and debates on the role of Smart Specialisation, business and universities. Discussion centred on what universities can do, and in many cases are already doing, to help develop Smart Specialisation strategies, including any challenges they may face. Dr...
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Last month, we introduced you to the concept of Smart Spec in England and explained how it works, and who’s involved. In case you missed it, you can click here and have a read. This month, we’ll look at Smart Spec and universities. Andrew Basu-McGowan, Policy Manager for the Smart Specialisation Hub, took the time to...
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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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The final part of our “Smart Spec 101” programme focuses on the research analysis side of the project. Etienne Bailey, the Hub’s research analyst, took some time to speak to us about what’s being done to bring together the mapping framework.
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Innovate UK is one of the funding partners for the Smart Specialisation Hub. They work with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy. Howard Partridge, ERDF Programme Manager, gave the Hub some insight into how the organisation is involved with Smart Specialisation, and...
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The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) is one of our funding partners for the Smart Specialisation Hub.  HEFCE funds and regulates universities and colleges in England. It aims to help create and sustain a world-leading system of higher education.
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This month on the Smart Specialisation Hub is all about “Smart Spec Hub: 101”. Throughout this month, we’ll be providing some background information on Smart Specialisation, some insight into current events, and hinting at plans for the future. We’ll also include some information on the partners involved in the project. Our first post for this month...
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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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Last week, the Annual LEP Network Conference was held at Central Westminster Hall. It brought together 300 attendees from LEPs, Government, and other organisations. The event focus was on “The impact of LEPs to date”, with speakers from multiple industries giving their stories on how various LEPs have impacted the way they do business. There...
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On Tuesday two government departments released announcements on regional funding opportunities, focussing on the prospect of innovation within LEPs and wider regions, and also providing the opportunity to begin the process smart specialisation.
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The North East LEP has announced a major new funding plan that will see up to £30 million invested in new development projects as part of the LEP’s 2014 Growth Deal with the Government.
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Innovate UK is one of the funding partners for the Smart Specialisation Hub. Howard Partridge, EDRF Programme Manager, has given some insight into how the organisation is involved with Smart Specialisation, and the Smart Specialisation Hub.
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Last week, two Smart Spec masterclasses took place at BioPark in Welwyn Garden City, and at the Business Design Centre in London. Both Smart Spec roadshows provided a background to Smart Spec, and give examples of how the process is taking place in some regions.
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Helping regions compete globally To attract talent, jobs, and investment, regions need to define and communicate their competitive advantages. The Smart Specialisation Hub announced today will help them do that by strengthening the evidence of what they do really well and then helping them use that to succeed in highly competitive global markets.
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