Mayoral candidates asked to put higher education at the heart of the capital’s recovery

With one week to go until the London Mayoral elections, London Higher have today called for all candidates to put higher education at the heart of their agenda for the city’s recovery.

The membership organisation, representing over 40 higher education institutions across London, have issued their priorities for the incoming Mayor after discovering that no candidate for the role has so far provided any detail on how they plan to harness the collective power of the capital’s higher education sector in their manifesto.

Priorities for the next Mayor include calling on the successful candidate to channel the knowledge and leadership potential within London’s higher education sector and to work hand-in-hand with London’s universities and higher education colleges to promote the capital’s interests, both here at home and on the world stage.

Commenting on the Mayoral Priorities document, CEO of London Higher, Dr Diana Beech said;

“London’s higher education sector is one of the city’s biggest success stories. Diverse, world-leading and at the heart of local communities and industries, each and every higher education institution in London has a vital role to play in shaping the recovery and future prosperity of our great city. 

At London Higher, we are calling on whoever becomes the next Mayor of London to harness the power of London’s higher education institutions, both in helping to lead the green, skills-based and jobs-led recovery that our capital and our country need and showcasing the sector’s successes to bolster London’s attractiveness around the globe.

I, along with our forty-plus members, look forward to working with the successful candidate in the years ahead and bringing our knowledge, skills and experience to the table to ensure our sector and our home city is at the forefront of the UK’s recovery.”