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Institute for Social Innovation will embed social value in University’s activities

12 September 2022

 

A new institute dedicated to delivering social value has been established at Teesside University.

Professor Paul Crawshaw, Director of the Institute for Social Innovation
Professor Paul Crawshaw, Director of the Institute for Social Innovation

Building on the trailblazing work of the University’s School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law, the Institute for Social Innovation is central to Teesside University’s mission of transforming lives and economies.

Influencing public and social policy and working with communities and stakeholders to deliver real change, the Institute will provide a hub for social value and impact with regional, national and global reach.

The cross-institutional, multidisciplinary initiative will unify the University’s academic offer in enterprise and knowledge exchange, research and innovation and teaching to ensure social value is embedded into everything it does.

Led by Professor Paul Crawshaw, erstwhile Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law, the Institute will be an international centre of excellence for academic engagement across public and social policy, economic regeneration and regional development.

Professor Crawshaw said: “With its interdisciplinary approach, the Institute for Social Innovation will work across Teesside University’s Schools to ensure the impact of our challenge-led research; research that addresses the most pressing issues facing our communities, including pathways to Net Zero, reducing inequalities and just transitions to a green economy.

“From our base in the Tees Valley, the Institute is uniquely placed to influence public and social policy, collaborating with our civic partners to improve the lives of the communities we serve with solutions-focused research that is global in reach.”

From our base in the Tees Valley, the Institute is uniquely placed to influence public and social policy, collaborating with our civic partners to improve the lives of the communities we serve with solutions-focused research that is global in reach

Professor Paul Crawshaw, Director of the Institute for Social Innovation

Key partners will include the Tees Valley Combined Authority and Darlington Economic Campus. Paul will appoint an interdisciplinary team of professorial, policy and research staff to ensure rapid progress in delivering the Institute’s mission across the University and with our key stakeholders.

Teesside University Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Professor Paul Croney, OBE, said: “I am delighted to confirm that Professor Paul Crawshaw will be taking up the role of Director of the Institute for Social Innovation.

“Paul will lead on the establishment of the Institute which will be an international centre of excellence for academic engagement across public and social policy, economic regeneration and regional development.

“Over the last seven years, Paul has transformed the School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law. Drawing on this experience, his research expertise and vast external network, Paul will provide strategic cross-institutional leadership for the academic development of the civic profile of the University, ensuring regional and national impact and global reach.

“In particular, he will ensure that the Institute for Social Innovation embeds social value as core to academic activity across all Schools.”


In the News

Institute for Social Innovation will embed social value in university's activities
Tees Business, Web, 20/09/2022
The Institute will provide a hub for social value and impact with regional, national and global reach.


University's new social values institute
Darlington and Stockton Times, p.3, Print, 16/09/2022
A new institute dedicated to delivering social values has been established at Teesside University.