Higher Education

Higher Education

Improving education and developing skills for all are vital to a prosperous central South. SPC specialises in improving public policy making in these areas and has worked closely with Higher Education institutions, schools, local authorities, employers and Local Enterprise Partnerships to address key issues:

  1. Why are significantly less than expected numbers of young people going to university in areas across the south, and how do you tackle this local differentiation?
  2. How do you address skills shortages within the mature (post-education) population?
  3. What powers do public bodies need to boost skill levels in the region?
  4. How do you plan skills development in the fast paced global marketplace of the 21st century?

Higher Education

Widening participation in Higher Education

Widening participation in Higher Education New study sheds light on why Southern students miss out on university Over 50 young people every year are missing out on university from just five local government wards in Poole, Hampshire, Southampton, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth. And over 100 more should be going […]

Can Graduates fuel recovery in the central South?

Can Graduates fuel recovery in the central South? In a report published earlier this month the Resolution Foundation argued that one consequence of economic recession is the challenge those leaving full time education will face in finding jobs.[i] The ‘lockdown’ in response to the threat of the Covid-19 virus is […]

Civic Universities and the central South

Civic Universities and the central South There is a lively discussion about the role our universities have in the towns and cities they are part of. As local authorities and other public bodies are forced to cut back, so institutions like universities become more important in civic life. At the […]