Research and innovation is rightly central in the Government’s levelling up agenda, says the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB). This is in response to the Levelling Up White Paper that has been published today which includes the introduction three new Innovation Accelerators. The Innovation Accelerators aim to create three major, globally competitive centres for research and innovation.

Dr Joe Marshall, Chief Executive of NCUB said: “It’s positive that the Levelling Up White Paper recognises that research and innovation is central to the UK’s long term economic, social and environmental wellbeing. Together, universities and businesses across the country are delivering world class innovations and contributing to their local communities and regional economies. We applaud the Government for recognising the central and important role that research and innovation plays in our future growth, right across the UK.”

Marshall continued: “Today’s White Paper recognises that our research base will be a key building block to drive real change across the UK. NCUB has long called on the Government to establish a network of ‘Innovation Collaboration Zones’ across the UK to help the country level up. The announcement of these three new Innovation Accelerators is therefore particularly welcome. However, the devil will be in the detail especially around their selection, the expected impact and benefit but also where future Innovation Accelerators will be located. What is clear is that the research and innovation that our universities and businesses deliver, is vital to building stronger places and is central to driving growth and opportunity.”