The current HE-BCI major review, first announced at the 2019 National Centre for Universities and Business Annual Conference, seeks to answer the following questions:
The aim of the Future Ready Skills Commission (FRSC), sponsored by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, is to develop a blueprint for an education and skills system that can deliver against local economic priorities, the fulfilment of individual potential and the promotion of inclusive growth.
Together with FRSC, YU organised a roundtable in October to inform the evidence gathering stage of the review. The meeting was hosted by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield, Professor Tim Thornton, and attended by senior representatives from each of YU’s twelve member institutions, as well as commissioners and the secretariat from the FRSC.
The N8 Research Partnership and Yorkshire Universities (YU) together represent 17 higher education institutions (HEIs) in the north of England. Our members make major contributions towards the UK’s research and innovation base. They are also critical institutions in supporting local and regional development, and act as key anchor institutions underpinning place-making in many cities, towns and communities across the north.
We welcome the questions posed by David Sweeney, Executive Chair of Research England, in his recent blog for WonkHE. This joint response by N8 and YU represents a contribution to the important debate about the role of place in research and innovation policy, strategy and funding in the UK.
The output from this work will be a non-statutory spatial framework for the North. RTPI would like it to be brief yet ambitious, well founded but transformative, strategic and influential. The goal is that it will play an important role in shaping progressive spatial planning which will support the building of prosperous, healthy and sustainable communities, and a more competitive Northern Powerhouse. RTPI recognises that this framework will need to work across a wide range of existing geographies and organisations with responsibilities for the spatial agenda in the North of England, and their work therefore needs to deliver something additional which is relevant from a pan-northern perspective.
The Higher Education Commission’s seventh inquiry is examining how Degree Apprenticeships (DAs) are being implemented. In 2015, the Government committed itself to overseeing the creation of three million new apprenticeships by 2020, and the development of DAs is seen as an important element of this policy. The reforms surrounding DAs, which combine workplace experiences with HE study, offer the opportunity for an apprentice to gain a full degree by the end of the apprenticeship.
UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) is working with the Government to develop a plan for how best to meet the Government’s target for the UK to increase investment in research and development (R&D) to 2.4% of GDP by 2027, and by 3% in the future. UKRI is also examining “what constitutes reasonable balance” of R&D funding. Against this background, the Science and Technology Committee has launched an inquiry on the ‘balance and effectiveness of research and innovation spending’.
Read the consultation response YU submitted to the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee here.
The commission to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) specifies a series of themes on which the government would like advice under the broad framework of the economic and social impacts of international students in the UK. As well as considering the overall impact, evidence and advice is being sought on the following: the impact of tuition fees and other spending by international students on the national, regional and local economy and on the education sector.
In October 2017, the Department for Education (DfE), on behalf of the Office for Students (OfS), launched a formal consultation on a new Regulatory Framework (RF) for the HE sector. The consultation will inform the approach taken by the OfS in its new regulatory role, enacting legislation laid out in the Higher Education and Research Act 2017.2
On 29 November 2017, the YU Board (comprising the region’s vice-chancellors) met Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive of the OfS, in Leeds. At the meeting, YU was encouraged to submit a response to the consultation and in particular to consider how the RF should reflect the importance of ‘place’. This dimension has been given added significance following the publication of the Industrial Strategy White Paper. The YU response is designed to complement individual HE institution submissions and those made by national-level HEI membership bodies.