Universities as drivers of Foreign Direct Investment into R&D: A blog series

Trail-blazing Midlands university inward investment pilot receives £0.5m funding boost

Midlands Innovation is collaborating with other universities in the region and the pan-regional growth body, the Midlands Engine, on a trail-blazing pilot to explore how universities can drive foreign direct investment into regional research and development. Read more about the pilot here

Findings from the pilot will be shared with the higher education sector and policymakers to help inform future UK policy development to support the UK to increase overseas investment into research and development (R&D). 

A national report, published on 7th March 2023, by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) provides national analysis of The Role of Universities in Driving Overseas Investment into UK Research and Development

To support the publication of the report, Midlands Innovation partners worked with HEPI to produce an exclusive blog series to cover key aspects of how universities can drive FDI into UK R&D.

Read the blogs in the series: 

Professor Karen Holford, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Cranfield University, blogs about Research Security: A vital aspect of Foreign Direct Investment, published on 10 March 2023

Professor Aleks Subic, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Aston University, blogs about Beyond the transactional: Three lessons from Australia for Foreign Direct Investment in research and development (R&D), published on 17 March 2023

Professor Adam Tickell, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Birmingham, blogs about How the University of Birmingham is working with partners to attract global investment to its new Healthcare Innovation Campus, published on 24 March 2023

Professor Nick Jennings, Vice-Chancellor and President of Loughborough University, blogs about Stronger together: the power to attract overseas investment through partnership working, published on 31 March 2023 

William Wells, Deputy Director Research & Enterprise Division at the University of Leicester, blogs about The Journey to Space…City Leicester: How the University of Leicester and partners plotted to ‘lift off’ a thriving space cluster, published on 14 April 2023

Guest Blog – Professor Warren Manning and Dr Jenna Townend of the University of Derby blog about High-quality skills as a means of attracting FDI and reducing regional inequalities, published on 12 May 2023.  

Dr Helen Turner, Midlands Innovation Director, blogs about A pack mentality – why hunting in regional packs will increase overseas investment in research, published on 9 June 2023

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