This is the second of a series of four articles on the debate about skills deficiencies and the range of new skills required in order to address the ‘new urban agenda’ in the UK. This debate was directly addressed by the Egan Review (2004) in England and by similar work commissioned by Communities Scotland (2004). From 2000 to 2003 the Planning Network was commissioned by the Centre for Education in the Built Environment to research the changing skills agenda and to investigate the contribution of higher education in providing education in the new range of generic and integrated skills appropriate to achieving more sustainable communities. This series of papers draws on both the work of the Planning Network and the outcomes of a specially convened conference held in October 2003 sponsored by the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit and Communities Scotland. The first article in the series by Nick Bailey on The Great Skills Debate: Defining and Delivering the Skills Required for Community Regeneration in England was published in Edition 20.3.