This week is Universities Week 2011, a national campaign demonstrating the benefits of universities within UK society! Today focuses on universities’ historical contribution to the big society, long before this phrase became commonly used. Thriving university towns and cities will be highlighted by demonstrating how universities give back to the local and national community.
A new report out today shows the social impact of universities is worth over £1.31 billion in the form of health and wellbeing, citizenship and political engagement, and that universities benefit everyone not just those who go to university to study. The report, published by leading independent thinktank nef and Universities UK (Degrees of Value: How universities benefit society) attempts for the first time to put a monetary value on some of the ways that universities contribute to society at a local and a national level, using Social Return on Investment (SROI) methodology. These values are above and beyond the economic contribution that universities make.
BU makes a significant contribution to society through many initiatives, such as:
- sponsoring St Aldhelms Academy in Poole
- providing volunteering opportunities for staff and students via The Hub
- exercise classes, sports facilities, tournaments, children’s summer camps, etc, offered by SportBU
- citizenship days for local school children are run by the Centre for Global Perspectives
- the Atrium Art Gallery showcases work by local and national artists, offers free entry and is open to the public
You can read the full report here.
This week is Universities Week 2011, a national campaign demonstrating the benefits of universities within UK society! Today focuses on the growing relationship between small or mid-size businesses and universities.
Universities and businesses collaborate in thousands of partnerships throughout the country. These relationships help to boost the local economy throughout the UK.
Universities support start-up organizations through tailored programs, as clients, and as suppliers of their local workforce.
As part of Universities Week a report has been published by Universities UK that shows that universities can increase the success of small businesses, drive innovation and employment, and boost the local economy. You can read the full report here.
BU works in partnership with many businesses exchanging ideas and knowledge. You can read more, including case studies, on our BU Business Services website.
Universities Week 2011 is taking place between 13-19 June.
The campaign aims to highlight the essential role of UK universities and their impact on the economy, culture, society, the environment and much more.
As part of Universities Week 2011, RCUK and Universities UK are seeking submissions for Big Ideas for the Future. The project is exploring research currently taking place in universities that is likely to have a major impact on the UK and the world in the future.
All research organisations are invited to submit ideas and suggestions can be from any academic discipline. The only rule is that the research must be happening now or imminently and it must be something that will result in a real impact on people’s lives.
The proposed categories for entries are below, but suggestions for others are welcome:
- Delivering a healthy future.
- People and environment: sustainability for the next century and beyond.
- The creation of recreation; how we’ll use our leisure time in fifty years.
- The future of humanity and society.
- Getting around: our planet, and beyond.
- Capital ideas: the future of commerce and business.
The Research Development Unit will be liaising with Marketing & Communications to submit a selection of the excellent research undertaken at BU to Universities Week. If you would like to nominate your research or a colleague’s research then please contact Julie Northam by Friday 8 April.
A selection of the submissions will appear in a report ‘Big Ideas for the Future’ that will be launched during Universities Week on Thursday 16 June.
A selection of Big Idea impact case studies can be read here.
You can follow Universities Week on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/UKUniversities