A national report cites the University of Sheffield as a leading example of how universities help drive UK regional economic growth.
The City Growth Commission recommends that the UK needs to maximise the impact of its outstanding universities if it is to build its economic strength beyond London.
It refers to the University’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre as an example of firms and universities working together.
City Growth Commission chairman, Jim O’Neill, said: “While London dominates the UK’s economic clout, we have a wide geographical spread among our best universities.
“London is regarded as the single top metro area in the world for having so many top class universities, but others around the country are also recognised as being in the top echelons on a global basis.”
University of Sheffield Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Keith Burnett, said: “We are extremely fortunate that visionary work on advanced manufacturing is now not only a national but an international focus for the translation of cutting edge research into actual production, and for the education and skills training of the highest quality.”