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Dr Mark Bennister

Associate Professor of Politics View website

University of Lincoln

The University of Lincoln was established in 2001 as a result of action by local leaders, across government and businesses, determined to boost economic growth. The University has since grown from 2,000 students to over 14,500 across the full range of disciplines; arts, humanities, social sciences, health, science and engineering. Engaging with our regional industrial partners has been essential to our rapid growth and recent accolades as the Times/Sunday Times ‘Modern University of the Year‘ and Top-150 in the THE ‘Young University World Rankings‘ reflect this.

The issues supporting productivity and improved living standards are interlinked and our experience is that sustained, multi-faceted and co-created interventions are the way to deliver lasting impact. The University takes a system-wide approach to help drive the economic growth and regional productivity by playing a proactive role – with local communities, schools and colleges, health and care providers, business and industry, voluntary and charity, culture and heritage as well as with local government and decision making bodies. We are actively involved in the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership and many of its sub-boards including the Innovation Council, which the university established and leads. Alongside this we follow a ‘local to global’ principle of prioritising research and knowledge exchange (arts, humanities, social sciences, health, science and engineering) that addresses the challenges of our communities and that has global significance.

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