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Boosting productivity in our region

The University plays an important part in the Government's Industrial Strategy by working closely with local government, industry and other regional and national stakeholders to develop skills, improve infrastructure and strengthen places.

Places

The University is involved in consortium bids as part of a new competitive funding scheme that takes a place-based approach to research and innovation funding, to support significant growth for the North West. Led by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the Strength in Places Fund is part of the ‘Places’ strand of the Industrial Strategy.

We are also supporting and engaging with Liverpool City Region's Local Industrial Strategy, with academics across various disciplines sharing their expertise. 

Infrastructure 

Sensor City is leading the Liverpool 5G Consortium, who were recently awarded a £3.5m grant by DCMS to investigate the opportunities of 5G community Wi-Fi in health and social care.

The project is deploying high value technologies, including low-cost open source 5G networks, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and the Internet of Things, across deprived communities in the Liverpool City Region test bed.

People

Digital Graduate Accelerator Project 

The University has launched an innovative digital skills training programme to improve employment prospects for local graduates, provide the skills that local employers demand and boost the local economy.

The Digital Graduate Accelerator project, funded by the Office for Students, aims to improve graduate employment outcomes for commuter students (those who live and study at home) in the local Liverpool City Region.

Led by the Careers and Employability team, it will engage with 200 businesses to provide structured internships, training and mentoring for a team of Digital Coaches who will be trained in partnership with local social enterprise Agent Academy CIC. The students will then provide peer to peer digital skills training for over 1000 students at the University.

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Prosper: Enhancing first-time postdoctoral career development and success

Prosper is a project that will develop researchers – particularly early postdoctoral talent – with the broader capabilities, attributes and mindset needed to thrive in multiple careers. It is funded by Research England through it's first ever RED Fund award, worth £4.4m and part of the People strand of the Industrial Strategy, which aims to generate good jobs and greater earning power for all.

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