De Montfort University (DMU) has selected Campaign Collective to help raise its profile among UK policy makers.
Campaign Collective members will help coordinate meetings with policy makers and politicians, and organise policy roundtables and other stakeholder events. The campaign will address a number of key challenges facing politicians in the run-up to the next UK General Election, including the NHS workforce and climate change.
The campaign will be spearheaded by Nancy Platts and Ian Morton, who led a similar project on behalf of Loughborough University from 2018-19. The first event will be around COP28, where DMU will be speaking, with a parallel event involving local schools in Leicester.
“We’re looking forward to working with DMU to share their research and expertise with politicians and policymakers. We know the university can offer the academic rigour to underpin good policy making and become a trusted source of insight for politicians,” said Nancy Platts.
The campaign comes at a time when higher education has come under the spotlight in recent months, in anticipation of a UK General Election next year.
Chris Thundow, Press & PR Manager at DMU, said:
“We believe that in the current policy environment DMU has a huge amount to offer. The university sector as a whole has solutions to a range of big societal challenges, and we’re excited about highlighting where we can add value to this debate.”
A recent report by London Economics revealed that the sector contributes £116bn to the economy, with universities supporting more than three quarters of a million jobs.
Ian Morton, who was at campaign group Universities UK for 12 years where he headed up campaigns, added:
“We know the higher education sector is a powerhouse for the UK and individual universities have an immeasurable impact locally, nationally and globally. We hope to play a part in DMU getting the attention it deserves over the next year.”
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