REACT Report

Celebrating the value of creative networks

The REACT Report distils our learning from the past four years, and celebrates the great potential of collaboration between universities and the creative sector. 

It offers valuable insight to policymakers, stakeholders in the arts, Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), and the creative economy highlighting the pivotal role that HEIs can play in in the growth of multidisciplinary regional hubs.

It outlines and suggests implementing a more holistic approach in order to understand cross-sector collaboration more effectively, and argues for a range of inputs to ensure partnerships work smoothly, knowledge can be shared equally, and creative innovation can thrive.

Professor Jon Dovey, Director of REACT, says, “One of the main reasons REACT succeeded was that it had true collaboration between creative and university sectors at its core. The other key factor in making the project a success was developing an approach to innovation based on values not outputs. Understanding the real values that underpin creative work allowed us to build a really powerful network driven by peer-to-peer learning.”

David Docherty, CEO, National Centre for Universities and Business, says, “The REACT Report is fascinating. It shows the role universities can play in developing this increasingly important sector of the UK economy. The report also demonstrates the importance of culture change in getting Universities and creative businesses working together to drive innovation.”