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Understanding Devolution: David Marlow


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Presentation from the 'Understanding Devolution: What implications for universities?' seminar at Universities UK on 20 October 2015.

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Understanding Devolution: David Marlow

  1. 1. Defining future university relationships to place: The University of Warwick’s Chancellor’s commission – a practical example Presentation to Understanding Devolution event Name David Marlow Third Life Economics Date 20th October 2015
  2. 2. Introductions...  David Marlow  University of Warwick Commissions  The Chancellor’s Commission 2015
  3. 3. University of Warwick (UoW) – the first fifty years...  From one of ‘seven sisters’ a UK ‘top ten’ and ‘top 50’ global research institution  The 2012/13 EIA  The 50th Anniversary celebration...and the global reach  ...but what about the relationship to its own regional and local places in its second fifty years?
  4. 4. Assembling and incepting the Commission...  Selecting, appointing and convening Commissioners  Desk Research and some new commissioned research  Consultations with UoW, local and C&W leadership teams  Interviews, hearings, roundtables, digital  Defining the KLOIs, conceptual frameworks and propositions  Determining a process to December 2015 and beyond  National, regional hearings, student and young person involvement
  5. 5. Emerging ‘difficult issues’  Can UoW convene an independent commission about itself? And how to get UoW ownership of process and recommendations  Should UoW seek a corporate or polycentric approaches across its ‘family’ of entities?  Major limitations of traditional, descriptive, ‘incidental’ EIAs – more reflective deliberative, ‘mission-driven’ and change- oriented  The ‘already doing that’ syndrome’ with so much going on  Developing mutual understandings between local leadership teams and university leadership teams  Responding to local and regional demands/ambitions or shaping them – especially given current contested local and regional leadership contexts  Sorting out different levels and modes of contribution  Good neighbour and co-designer locally...; Anchor and co-anchor in
  6. 6. Local and regional dimensions...  UoW, C&W – on the edge or central pivot point?  C&W sometimes part of GSE, sometimes part of ‘Midlands’, sometimes part of ‘north’  Devolution dilemmas:-  Midlands engine, WMCA, C&W LEP, LAs, places  Central and local government OR local leadership teams  UoW – political neutrality or a genuine leader and ‘player’
  7. 7. National ‘mixed messages’  National HE teaching and research systems  Pressures of global competitiveness  within...national (and England) politics and administration  Multiple purposes and motivations for devolution  Values or patronage, deal- driven  Decentralisation – what and to whom at which geographical and institutional levels  Manchester – a model or sui generis
  8. 8. Some preliminary hypotheses...  Universities ‘should’ have principles, policies and practice to proactively contribute to successful places where they have a major footprint  Universities should move increasingly from ‘incidental’ impact to purposeful and effective interventions  Universities should strive to be a ‘good citizen with and for its neighbours – recognising and seeking to mitigate pressures to which it contributed  Commission to test and develop these hypotheses in the UoW context
  9. 9. Concluding remarks...and discussion points...  The use of independent commissions as part of the university-place relationship development process  HEI conceptual ‘place- based’ frameworks – self-interest, ‘civic’, other relevant constructs  Navigating SR2015, ‘devo-deals’ and other imminent changes/announcements
  10. 10. DavidMarlow@thirdlifeeconomics.c Thank you