Laura Sharman 13 May 2016

Councils to partner with universities to reform services

Councils to partner with universities to reform services image

Council chiefs are to work closely with universities to help re-design public services in six areas.

The Leading Places Project aims to strengthen the relationship between communities and academic institutions, and will see council chiefs and leaders meeting with university vice-chancellors to agree a local priority.

It is hoped the local priority will drive economic growth, reform public services and create new jobs.

The project, a partnership between the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), will be rolled out in Gloucestershire, Manchester, Newcastle and Gateshead, Brighton and Sussex, Bristol, and Coventry/Warwickshire.

'Co-operation with universities will give councils access to greater expertise and research opportunities,' said cllr Mark Hawthorne, chairman of the LGA's People and Places Board and also leader of Gloucestershire County Council.

'This is about applying local knowledge to solve problems as well as putting universities at the heart of creating local growth opportunities, innovation and skills.'

Professor Madeleine Atkins, HEFCE's chief executive, added: 'The Cities and Devolution Act opens up new forms of investment funding, and new opportunities to tackle the issues which affect people's lives. Strong collaborative leadership will be more important than ever in driving these agendas.'

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Adults Social Workers - Harlow

Essex County Council
£32065 - £43839 per annum
Working to support adults and their families who have complex social needs and are more vulnerable as a result of disability, exclusion, or diminished England, Essex, Harlow
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Digital Tutor

Essex County Council
£25801 - £26801 per annum
I.T and Digital Tutor Permanent, Part Time Up to £26,801 per annum Location
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Independent Chairs for the Integrated Care Systems for England

NHS England
£55,000 - £80,000 depending on population size and complexity
Do you have the experience to re-shape the health and care landscape in England? England
Recuriter: NHS England

Head of Governance & Partnerships

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council
£63,742 - £70,115 per annum
Acting as our Head of Democratic Services, you will ensure that the Council’s statutory functions are achieved to a high standard. Blaenau Gwent
Recuriter: Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council

Consultant – Low carbon transport specialist

Energy Saving Trust
Up to £37,000 per annum, depending on experience
We are looking for an experienced individual, passionate about decarbonising transport and improving air quality. Homeworking
Recuriter: Energy Saving Trust

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue