Universities are playing an increasing role in local economic development. Professor Jane Turner outlines why Teesside University has stepped up to the challenge. When an area experiences the closure of a key industry, it puts under the spotlight the role and responsibilities of a local university in helping to drive economic renewal. As universities we all talk about business support, or business engagement, but when the question comes up around ‘well, what do we do now?’ we have an obligation to step up to the table. DigitalCity – Catalyst for Growth was launched last week by Teesside University and sets out the university’s plan of action for supporting economic growth and inward investment in the region. Our vision is a five-point plan for the region to become recognised for the ‘superior digital capability of its businesses’. It gives the Tees Valley a much-needed focus just 18 months after the area … (To read the full article, subscribe below)


Professor Jane Turner is pro vice-chancellor for enterprise and business engagement at Teesside University