Regional information for universities

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Article publication date: 1 August 2000




(2000), "Regional information for universities", Education + Training, Vol. 42 No. 6.



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Copyright © 2000, MCB UP Limited

Regional information for universities

Regional information for universities

Keywords Universities, Labour market, Regional development

Universities need intelligence about their home region in order to make a full contribution to regional competitiveness, but it is generally accepted that regional and local reports from, for example, training and enterprise councils, often neglect the interests, needs and contributions of HE institutions. Labour Market Information for Higher-Education Institutions, by the Institute for Employment Studies, shows how higher education can use regional labour-market intelligence and other local research to change what they do, and serve regional as well as other needs.

The guide also highlights the types of regional labour-market intelligence which are most valuable to HE institutions, and where current reports fail to provide this. In addition, there is information on how HE institutions and regional partners such as regional-development agencies and training and enterprise councils can work together in this area, as partners. Professor Sir David Watson, in his foreword to the guide, comments: "The stakes have been raised concerning the national and regional economic role of universities and colleges". He refers to influential reports such as Dearing having "emphasised the challenge to higher-education institutions to be engines of social and economic regeneration". The guide has been circulated to vice-chancellors, planners and strategists and to senior managers in training and enterprise councils and regional-development agencies. It is available, free of charge, on the Internet, at

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