A national scheme to combine university expertise with the commitment of local council leaders, all for the benefit of local communities, is being trialled in Coventry.
Leaders from Coventry University, the University of Warwick and the city council, are to work together on a project designed to help drive growth, design public services and strengthen the relationship between communities and academic institutions in the region.
Together, the three local organisations will establish an Action Learning Partnership (ALP) which aims to build on the invaluable collaboration which already exists and develop a leadership scheme for the benefit of the city as a whole.
Coventry is one of just six English areas chosen to pilot the new scheme, which is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the Local Government Association (LGA) and supported by Universities UK (UUK).
Research by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education has underlined the potential of universities to benefit their local areas and the desire of many councils to engage with them more actively.
Delighted to be part of the pilot scheme, Professor John Latham, vice-chancellor of Coventry University (pictured, above), said: “As a university we are committed to the lasting development and success of our city. We play a significant role as an investor and an anchor institution working with the city council, the University of Warwick and other key public and private stakeholder organisations. The pilot will enable us to develop our skills and new ways of working and will result in putting new and transformational ideas into practice and in linking existing initiatives and programmes for the wider benefit of the city.”
Professor Stuart Croft vice-chancellor of the University of Warwick, added: “Coventry has a proud history of innovation and the Action Learning Partnership is an ideal opportunity for our city to collaborate and provide the solutions for the future. Through our global partnerships the University of Warwick is committed to bringing skills and expertise to the city and through the ALP we are delighted to both renew and further this commitment.’