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Session Details

Wednesday 19 May: 13:00 – 14:30

The aim of this session, co-organised with OECD, is to share international experience in establishing learning networks of universities committed to work with others in contributing to the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of their local communities.

It will embrace the role of transnational organisations such as the OECD, and the European Commission, national networks and individual cross-national university and city partnerships. A cross cutting theme will be the role of policy makers and funders from inside and outside of higher education and their concerns to assess the local impact of research and teaching in civic universities. It will build on a workshop organised by OECD and the Civic University Network on “The role of Civic Universities in the UK post pandemic recovery: An International Perspective” and will act as a prelude to the Times Higher World Academic Summit in Toronto in September on How Powerful is Place.

Session Hosts

<strong>Professor John Goddard OBE</strong>
Professor John Goddard OBE
John is Professor of Universities and Cities based in CityREDI/WMREDI in Birmingham where he is leading a programme of policy orientated research on the role of universities in city and regional development. John is also Emeritus Professor of Regional Development Studies at Newcastle University. He acted as Vice Chair of the Civic University Commission and co-author of Guide to Preparing Civic University Agreements.
<strong>Anne Rimmer</strong>
Anne Rimmer
Anne is Policy Analyst – HEInnovate, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Session Speakers

<strong>Andrés Rodríguez-Pose</strong>
Andrés Rodríguez-Pose
Professor of Economic Geography at London School of Economics.

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<strong>Ariel Armony</strong>
Ariel Armony
Vice Provost for Global Affairs
& Director of the University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh.

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<strong>Ben Levine</strong>
Ben Levine
Executive Director, MetroLab Network.

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<strong>Des McNulty</strong>
Des McNulty
Assistant Vice Principal for Economic Development and Civic Engagement at the University of Glasgow and Vice Chair of the Glasgow Commission for Economic Growth.

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<strong>Dr Brooke Storer-Church</strong>
Dr Brooke Storer-Church
Head of Skills at the Office for Students (OfS).

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<strong>Professor Jane Robinson</strong>
Professor Jane Robinson
Pro-Vice Chancellor, Engagement & Place at Newcastle University.

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<strong>Professor Stephen Gavazzi</strong>
Professor Stephen Gavazzi
Professor, Department of Human Sciences, Ohio State University.

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<strong>Raffaele Trapasso</strong>
Raffaele Trapasso
Economist at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

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<strong>Shelia Martin, Ph.D</strong>
Shelia Martin, Ph.D
Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

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<strong>Professor Simon Collinson</strong>
Professor Simon Collinson
Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (DPVC) for Regional Engagement at the University of Birmingham.

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The inaugural Civic University Network conference is a free virtual event which will take place from the 18-20 May 2021.

Registration closed at 12:00 on Thursday 13 May 2021, but don’t worry, we plan to share recordings of the event and will update this page with the details soon.