RSA, City & Guilds

Creating the award-winning blueprints for Cities of Learning UK with 3 cities

Cities of Learning UK is a digitally-enabled place-based approach to empowering access to city-wide learning and enrichment opportunities. We were a part of a multi-agency team that partnered with the cities of Manchester, Brighton and Plymouth to create the approach. The team led design sessions with stakeholders from across the cities to articulate what a City of Learning could be; establish local priorities; define skill needs & a universal skills spine; map learning provision and opportunities across each city; create the blueprints based on the concept of open badge pathways; and develop a digital platform prototype.


Concept creation

Blueprint creation

Concept architecture

Collaborative design sessions

User-centered design

UX / UI design



Recommendations for policy

Designs for releasing Trapped & Untapped Value (TUV)

digitally enabled approach for the concept of learning cities in the UK


stakeholders from varying sectors collaborated and piloted the scheme in each city

policy recommendation in UK Government's: Good Work, The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices
HunrED award, 2019. Top educational developments globally

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