Learn more about how working with universities can benefit your business. The opening plenary explores business resilience and opportunities in the face of the pandemic, presenting a range of insights and an overview of available business support initiatives and programmes. Explore opportunities for collaboration with universities on initiatives across healthcare, inclusivecreative industries, textiles and low carbon heating and cooling in the breakout sessions.
AGENDA & RESOURCES
14:00 – Welcome and introduction to the plenary
Professor Shirley Congdon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bradford and Chair of Yorkshire Universities
14:15 – Panel presentations Where business is now: perspectives from Yorkshire’s universities
Collaborative regional initiatives in support of pandemic recovery – including the Place Based Economic Recovery (PERN) and the West Yorkshire Economic Recovery Framework Professor Andy Brown, Divisional Director of Research (Leeds University Business School)
Recovery toolkit and analysis of survival strategies for businesses across the region David Spicer, Director of Business and Community Engagement (School of Management, University of Bradford) Presentation
Opportunities for university based business support in higher education “cold-spots” Natalie Allen, Business Development Manager (Calderdale University Business Centre, Leeds Beckett University) Presentation
Support for skills and investment opportunities for business start- ups during pandemic Claire Newhouse, Director of Centre for Apprenticeships, Work-based Learning & Skills (AD:Venture, Leeds Trinity University) Presentation
What are the current conditions for entrepreneurial innovation? Harrison Evans, Collaboration Manager (Nexus, University of Leeds) Presentation
14:50 – Interactive Q&A
15:10 – Collaborate to Innovate Breakout Sessions
COLLABORATE TO INNOVATE – Healthcare Hosted by Leeds Beckett University
Join us to explore the challenges and opportunities for innovation in Health. This session will give an insight into the innovative research and development in the region, showcasing the latest in health research, medical technology development and collaborative opportunities. We will hear from a number of speakers from across the region discussing key topics relating to innovations in response to Covid, white-box machine learning in healthcare, and opportunities for digital innovation surrounding the safety of medicines and the supply chain.
Session chair: Dr Duncan Sharp Dean of the School of Clinical and Applied Sciences, Leeds Beckett University
Professor Karen Ousey, Director for the Institute of Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention, University of Huddersfield
Professor Stephen Smith, Department of Electronic Engineering, University of York
Dr Liz Breen, School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Bradford
COLLABORATE TO INNOVATE – Inclusive Creative Industries Hosted by the University of York
The University of York is leading on enabling and supporting collaborative R&D for the creative sector across the region including immersive and interactive storytelling and the UK gaming sector. Come and find out more about our work through our interactive and visual case studies. Meet the people leading the research and businesses we have worked with and find out more about the different funding and engagement opportunities available to your business.
Session chair: Professor Damian Murphy Director of XR Stories, University of York
Dr. Sondess Missaoui, Research Associate, Digital Creativity Labs, University of York
Lucy Hammond, Marketing & Projects Producer, Pilot Theatre
Kate O’Connor, Industry Consultant, XR Stories & SIGN
COLLABORATE TO INNOVATE – Textiles Hosted by the University of Huddersfield
Interactive session exploring challenges and opportunities for collaboration relating to innovation in the textiles sector. The audience will learn more about current initiatives in technical textiles and the Future Fashion Factory Programme. The participants will also have an opportunity to inform a new study which is seeking to map the innovation landscape for textiles in the region; and identify key priorities for future industrial collaboration.
Session chair: James Devitt Industrial Collaboration Manager, University of Huddersfield
Professor Simon McQueen-Mason, Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP), Department of Biology, University of York
Professor Stephen Russell, Future Fashion Factory, University of Leeds
Professor Parik Goswami, Technical Textiles Research Centre, University of Huddersfield
Jonathan Hobson, Director of Perspective Economics
COLLABORATE TO INNOVATE – Low carbon heating and cooling Hosted by the University of Leeds
Interactive session exploring opportunities for collaboration and the co-development of strategies for sustainable low carbon heating and cooling. Perfect for businesses involved in the heating and cooling of their buildings or the supply chain side of electricity and heat generation.
Session Chair: Sandra Piazolo Professor in Structural Geology and Tectonics, University of Leeds
Fleur Loveridge, Associate Professor of Geostructures, University of Leeds
James Van Alstine, Associate Professor of Environmental Policy, University of Leeds
Stephen Thomas, Founder and Managing Director, OGI Groundwater Specialists Ltd
Martin Fletcher, Research Fellow, Leeds Beckett University
Vincent McCabe, Programme Lead (Clean Growth & Innovation), Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP)
Paola Zerilli, Department of Economics, University of York
The first pilot approach to test PERN were a series of webinars. These events were held during the course of July 2020 and were initially coordinated by the University of Leeds, working together with Yorkshire Universities. They offered and opportunity for debate and conversation by experts and academics, adding value to the policy development of the recovery strategy.
Each topic was raised by the Economic Recovery Board, and included questions to structure to the debate and conversation. The webinars were based on the following principles:
The COVID-19 crisis presents an opportunity to accelerate efforts to tackle the climate emergency that should be capitalised on, representatives from Yorkshire’s universities agreed at the 5 May virtual roundtable convened by Yorkshire Universities and Arup. Several key themes emerged:
In February, which seems a like a lifetime ago now, and when it was still permissible to gather in large groups, YU invited academics from Newcastle University to Leeds in order to meet university counterparts in Yorkshire, as well as local authority and health officials, in order to present findings from a newly-published report on some of the lessons learned from the Urban Living Partnership (ULP) pilots.
Find out more about why ULPs are important in these brief interviews by two of the report authors: Louise Kempton and David Marlow.
On 9 December, Yorkshire & Humber AHSN, the NHS Confederation and Yorkshire Universities co-hosted the YHealth for Growth Conference in Leeds. Read the event programme here and keep an eye out for the report to be published in January 2020!