YU Board members back letter to PM by Northern VCs

The twelve Board Members of Yorkshire Universities have co-signed a letter to the Prime Minister, by Vice-Chancellors of North of England Universities, calling on the Government to retain the Graduate Route Visa, following the publication of the recent Migration Advisory Committee Review. You can read the letter in full here. In addition, you can read …

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How a cap on international student numbers could impact Yorkshire disproportionately

This op-ed was originally published online by the Yorkshire Post on 27 April 2024. Every year, our region welcomes thousands of international students to universities across Yorkshire. At a time when international student applications are declining as a result of changes to visa policies, it is important that we remind ourselves of how international students are …

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New Analysis of Higher Level Skills in Yorkshire and Humber Labour Markets

Yorkshire Universities (YU) recently hosted a webinar with Peter Glover, Economic Evidence Manager at West Yorkshire Combined Authority, exploring labour market use of higher level skills across Yorkshire and the Humber. This webinar supports YU’s Graduate Talent workstream that brings together our members and partners to improve support for graduate employment and employability across the …

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YU’s Contribution to the Skills 2030 Inquiry

Marina Tapley, Yorkshire Universities Between September and November 2023, Policy Connect and the Skills Commission conducted a Call for Evidence to support a new inquiry ‘Skills 2030 – A World-class Skills System’. The Commission is working to develop a set of recommendations that build cross-party consensus for the reforms needed for the skills system to …

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Higher Education Policy Landscape – Summer 2023

This briefing provides an overview of key Higher Education (HE) policy developments up to July 2023, highlighting national updates that will impact HE in Yorkshire, as well as examples of key developments within the region. This briefing was originally shared to provide context and updates about the HE landscape to external partners that YU is working with across local government and has been adapted for our website.

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Roundtable write-up: Opportunities for students and graduates within local government organisations

Marina Tapley, Policy and Research Officer at Yorkshire Universities In April 2023, Yorkshire Universities (YU) held a joint roundtable on Opportunities for students and graduates within local government organisations. This roundtable brought together careers staff from the universities and recruitment and HR staff from local government to explore potential for further collaboration and coordination around …

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7 June 2023 One Year On Graduate Employability Conference

To view conference proceedings including the event recording, agenda, slides, the Regional Inclusive Recruitment Guide and Case Study Impact Award results please Go to this Sway. Read the related press release and op-ed piece on why graduates matter to Yorkshire by Dr Peter O’Brien below: Find out how to get involved in our ‘Navigating the …

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Opportunity: Navigating the HE Offer & Simplifying Entry Points to Universities

In the 2023/24 work programme, Yorkshire Universities will be running a Task & Finish Group on navigating the HE offer and signposting to entry points at the member universities across the region to ease engagement for employers.

The Task & Finish Group will provisionally run for six months between August 2023 and January 2024 with monthly online focus group meetings.

We’d like to co-develop this work with a range of stakeholders, including higher education sector partners, local authorities and employers. If you are interested in collaborating with us on this project, we want to hear from you!

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Why graduates matter to Yorkshire

Op-ed by Dr Peter O’Brien, Executive Director for Yorkshire Universities The higher education sector is one of the UK’s greatest assets, generating significant economic, social and cultural value. Research commissioned by Universities UK, in 2022, found that universities in England contribute around £95 billion to the economy and support more than 815,000 jobs, Higher education …

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Press Release: ‘Improving Graduate Employability in Yorkshire’  

Universities in Yorkshire undertake significant work to support students through their studies, and as they move into and beyond graduation. The most successful regions are those able to attract and retain large numbers of graduates. These places prioritise improving graduate utilisation within the labour market to encourage and enable more students and graduates to achieve employment and career success.

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