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09.00 Localis

Manchester Art Gallery (Princess Street entrance), M2 3JL : Lecture Room

Reach for the stars – can we reimagine urban devolution?

How might the transfer of fiscal powers, greater local control over investment and budgets ignite dynamic national renewal led by our major cities?


This Localis fringe, sponsored by Core Cities, will argue a radical localist case for a step change in urban devolved governance, asking us to imagine what a successful future for devolved urban government could look like. Panellists include:George Freeman MP, minister of state, Department for Transport; Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol (invited); Lord Kerslake, chair, 2070 Commission; Cllr Nickie Aiken, leader, Westminster City Council; Andy Bounds, North of England correspondent, Financial Times.

12.45 Sheffield Hallam University and the Education Policy Institute

Manchester Central : Central 8

Universities: the key to regional and national prosperity?

What role can universities play in supporting their regions and the UK economy? And what needs to change with the relationship between HE and FE?


Building on the government’s Industrial Strategy, it is essential that we put universities, students, and research at the heart of the UK’s economic vision. What can universities provide their communities and regions through strategic interaction with local businesses, job creation, and supply of graduates? What wider role can they play in supporting national prosperity? And considering the post-18 education review, what needs to change with the relationship between higher and further education?


12.15 Policy@Manchester

Friends' Meeting House : F13

UK2070 Commission: can we ever reduce regional disparities without more devolution?

UK2070 Commission - An Inquiry into Regional Inequalities Towards a Framework For Action.


The UK2070 Commission is an independent inquiry into city and regional inequalities in the UK. Chaired by Lord Kerslake, it has been set up to conduct a review of the policy and spatial issues related to the UK’s long-term city and regional development.

12.45 IPPR Centre for Economic Justice

Manchester Central : Exchange 8

How Can the UK Economy be Both Prosperous and Just?


This event will discuss the economic trends that will affect the UK economy over the next decade and how it can be both prosperous and just.

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