Professor Sawers participates in Core Cities UK Devolution Summit

09 February 2015

Professor Sawers participates in Core Cities UK Devolution Summit

Glasgow is one of the cities promoted by the group

Glasgow Caledonian University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor of Business, Innovation and Enterprise, Professor Lesley Sawers, is participating in a panel session at the Core Cities UK National Devolution Summit.

Taking place today (Monday, February 9) at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the Core Cities UK Devolution Summit is a day-long event, bringing together leading politicians, decision makers and academics to discuss how to devolve more powers to cities and their regions.

Speakers include Danny Alexander MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury; Jim Murphy MP, leader of the Scottish Labour Party; Keith Brown MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities; Sir Richard Leese, Leader, Manchester City Council and Chair of Core Cities; and Cllr Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council.

Core Cities brings together local authorities in England, Glasgow and Cardiff to promote the role of our cities in driving economic growth and the case for city devolution.

Core Cities leaders will launch a Charter For Local Freedom which aims to set out which powers central government should devolve down to cities. Think Tank Respublica will also unveil a report which sets out a ‘roadmap’ for devolution. There will be keynote addresses and panel discussions discussing the benefits of devolution to cities.

Professor Sawers will participate in a session called ‘What changes could devolution deliver?’, along with Councillor Jon Collins, Leader of Nottingham City Council, Core Cities UK Vice Chair, Growth; Mayor George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol; Peter Richardson, Chair, D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership; and Anne Marie O’Donnell, Chief Executive, Glasgow City Council.

She will discuss the key role of universities in supporting economic development and community regeneration at a City and national level.

Professor Sawers said: “I am delighted to be participating in the Conference. As the previous Chair of the Scottish Cities Alliance, I recognise the economic value of cities and the role that universities can play in shaping and forming public policy and in driving social innovation in public service delivery at a national and city level.”