Welcome to Yorkshire Universities


The role of Yorkshire Universities is to promote the reality of Yorkshire nationally and internationally to politicians, students, business and investors and other stakeholders, to ensure that the many opportunities created within the region are known and maximised.

Yorkshire Universities is the regional voice for higher education in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Its aim is to foster collaboration and partnership working to maximise the value and impact of higher education in Yorkshire.

Founded in 1987, Yorkshire Universities is a charity and company limited by guarantee. The vice-chancellors and principals of Yorkshire’s higher education institutions are the members of the company and form its board of directors. 

YU represents 12 higher education institutions in Yorkshire: Bradford, Hull, Huddersfield, Leeds, Leeds Beckett, Leeds Trinity, Leeds College of Art, Leeds College of Music, Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam, York, and York St John.

The region’s higher education sector represents a major source of innovation and a knowledge base for business and other partners to draw on. 

To maximise the impact of Yorkshire’s universities, it is vital that key partners – universities, businesses, local authorities and local enterprise partnerships – invest and work together across the whole of Yorkshire and Humber to drive growth and generate wealth through a knowledge-based, innovative and sustainable economy.

The Yorkshire Universities’ team