Place diagnostics

Helping places respond to immediate and longer-term challenges

The Academy’s place diagnostics help those involved in building and sustaining successful places to understand the factors that underpin or undermine their success. The service provides a critical friend’s assessment of local aspirations, responsibilities and actions. It applies the expertise and experience from a pool of over 500 Academicians.

What can a diagnostic do for my place?

Diagnostics can be used to strengthen local relationships, commission advice, lobby and bid for support, attract investment, stimulate local participation and lift local self-image.

How it works – during lock-down and restricted travel

A small team of Academicians is chosen according to our host’s brief. An online event is planned during which they meet and listen to a range of appropriate stakeholders (potentially including community, public and private representatives) to review local aspirations and identify conflicts and synergies. A report is produced outlining suggested priorities for action.

If you think that your place could benefit from the Academy’s expertise please contact the AoU team by emailing

Diagnostic Reports

Below are a selection of reports produced as part of a Diagnostic Visit. During our time of restricted travel, any reporting will likely take a different format.