The University of Cumbria is supporting activity that highlights our role in levelling up, boosting economic growth and creating opportunities for everyone to live longer, more fulfilling lives.
Universities UK’s Getting Results campaign promotes the role of universities in the economic and social recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic.
Getting Results is a co-ordinated programme of political, media and digital activity is focusing on the important difference universities can make to the UK Government’s levelling up agenda through their teaching, research, innovation, and community and business partnerships.
As part of its Towards 2030 strategy, the University of Cumbria’s vision is to transform lives and livelihoods by delivering inspirational, inclusive and accessible higher education to the students and communities it serves for generations to come.
As part of this strategic vision, the University of Cumbria is working with partners on plans to create two new campuses in Carlisle and Barrow and establish a joint graduate entry medical school in north Cumbria with Imperial College London. The Carlisle Citadels campus will also include a new Business Exchange centre and Centre for Digital Transformation.
Recently, senior figures from the Higher Education Policy Institute have visited the university to learn more about how its place-based and employer partnerships are working to address the need for higher-level skills in the region. The university’s plans for a new campus in Barrow also feature in a national report about the role modern universities have in the levelling up agenda.
The #GettingResults campaign follows new Higher Education Statistics Agency data showing that graduate start-ups created more than 10,000 new jobs in 2020/21 alone despite the onset of the pandemic. In total, 15,793 active graduate businesses are estimated to have created 46,723 jobs – up from 35,637 jobs in twelve months – as well as new products and services across the country.
The week of #GettingResults activity, between 4 – 11 July, will include the launch in parliament of the Levelling Up Universities Coalition’s University Best Practice White Paper which outlines examples of levelling up in action and an All-Party Parliamentary University Group meeting will discuss how universities can make levelling up go faster and further.
A series of films is being launched to bring to life that it is not just students whose lives are changed for the better by universities. They feature the university social enterprise bakery getting local people into work, graduates mentoring local schoolchildren, the university maths school teaching sixth-formers, and a mother who retrained at university to be able to help others as a mental health nurse.
The Getting Results week comes as the University of Cumbria prepares to celebrate its Class of 2022 summer graduands, with graduations taking place at Carlisle Cathedral on 19-21 July.
The University of Cumbria has one of the best rates in the UK for graduate employment, and is top in the north west, with 96 per cent of students getting a job or going on to further study within 15 months of graduating.
The university is also ranked in the top 41 per cent of universities worldwide overall for its social and economic impact, according to the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings.
A recent study by Hitachi Capital Invoice Finance also ranked the university third in the north for students to start or manage a business and fifth in the country for graduates who went on to hold senior leadership positions.
Professor Julie Mennell DL, Vice Chancellor of the University of Cumbria, said: “We are absolutely committed to positively impacting on our students, increasing higher education participation in our county, addressing higher-level skills, sector and place needs in Cumbria and our region.
“We can’t achieve this on our own and by continuing to work with business, civic and other partners we will equip further our students, graduates and communities to thrive and prosper for generations to come.
“Examples include collaborations and partnerships relating to our Carlisle Citadels campus project, Cumbria Medial School with Imperial College and the Barrow Learning Quarter with BAE Systems. All with a strong emphasis of working with employers to co-design and deliver programmes, in key areas of national as well as local demand such as supply chain and logistics, advanced manufacturing, project management, business and cyber security, as well as health and social care.”
Professor Steve West CBE, President of Universities UK and Vice-Chancellor of UWE Bristol, said:
“We fully support the UK Government’s levelling up aspirations to spread opportunity and prosperity wider. The speed of change on levelling up will be quicker with universities at the heart of communities and at the centre of local collaboration. The number of new jobs created by graduate businesses since the start of the pandemic shows just how important universities and their students are to economic growth. Given the challenges of Covid and the difficult financial and global situation, it is more important than ever that government provides the right conditions for universities to fully support business growth and skills development for all learners to create a healthier, wealthier, and fairer Britain.”
Former Education Secretary, The Rt Hon Justine Greening, is chair of the Levelling Up Coalition:
“Entrepreneurship is a key element of levelling up that often gets overlooked - in our Levelling Up Universities Coalition we've seen some great examples of institutions encouraging entrepreneurship and growing the local economy as a result. Universities play a crucial role in spreading opportunity to students that need it most but they have a much wider social impact through job creation, research, procurement and much more.
"Moving forward there is a huge opportunity to develop the role that universities play as anchor institutions in communities across the UK. There is no doubt in my mind that our universities should be at the centre of the UK’s levelling up plans.”
Daniel Zeichner MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary University Group, said:
“Universities continue to be a great UK success story, boosting local economies, transforming lives and fostering understanding between local communities and students and researchers from across the globe. Celebrating that success, highlighting the positive work that goes on everyday across every university is the best way to ensure continued progress and to make sure that opportunities are offered to more and more people regardless of age or background.”