Size matters: completing the jigsaw for rural and regional productivity

Discover how small and specialist universities and colleges can successfully drive rural and regional socioeconomic growth in the UK.

Matthew Guest
GuildHE

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Kat Jones
The Royal Agricultural University

James Ransom
Independent Researcher


 
Abstract
GuildHE is an official voice for UK higher education, especially for universities and colleges with a tradition of learning, research and innovation in industries and professions. We aim to be the advocate of choice for small and specialist higher education institutions in the UK.

We support our members in their way through lobbying, advocacy and institutional communities of practice (for example in research or widening participation).
Our Good Practice session will explore how rural small and specialist universities and colleges in the UK can drive local and regional growth through creating innovation ecosystems.

We will do this through showcasing projects from our rural members and how they support local industry, especially SMEs, and are also economically important for the UK.
These will include a series of projects and programmes run by individual institutions and how GuildHE is capturing the work that they do collectively to support agricultural and rural learning and practice.

In doing so we will demonstrate how we are engaging with policies to address geographical inequalities in the UK and with national and local businesses and nonprofits working on similar interests