Yorkshire Universities response to Conservative Party proposals on apprenticeships and university courses

Commenting on the pledge by the Conservative Party, if it wins the General Election, that it would, in government, close some university courses to fund 100,000 apprenticeships per year, Dr Peter O’Brien, Executive Director of Yorkshire Universities, said: “There should not be a competing choice between academic and vocational routes to improving skills, and increasing …

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Yorkshire Universities responds to the Government’s Statement on the Graduate Route Visa

The Home Secretary, James Cleverly, and Education Secretary, Gillian Keegan, have today set out the Government’s response to the Migration Advisory Committee’s (MAC) ‘Rapid Review of the Graduate Route Visa’. The Graduate Route Visa is to be retained, albeit with new measures introduced, and the Visa kept under review. Responding to the statement, Dr Peter …

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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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International Higher Education: A Statement by Yorkshire Universities

Yorkshire Universities (YU) has published a statement on International Higher Education and its significance across Yorkshire and the Humber. It details the value of international partnerships and relationships to YU members, and the added benefits they bring to individual institutions and to the region itself. You can read the full statement below, which covers how international students generate economic and …

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Our sleeves are rolled up to help make Yorkshire healthier and wealthier

This op-ed was originally published online by Northern Agenda on 26 February 2024 Dr Peter O’Brien, Executive Director of YU I passionately believe a more productive, more prosperous, and more resilient, Yorkshire, should be founded on​ creating and sustaining a healthier population and workforce of today and tomorrow – and universities have a crucial​ role …

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Yorkshire is a paradox of world class assets and widening inequalities

This op ed was originally published online by Yorkshire Post on 19 February 2024: https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/opinion/columnists/yorkshire-is-a-paradox-of-world-class-assets-and-widening-inequalities-dr-peter-obrien-4520710 Dr Peter O’Brien, Executive Director of YU Yorkshire has a truly world renowned brand – a fantastic region, full of potential, vibrant culture and great assets – not least the 12 higher education institutions who make up Yorkshire Universities. But …

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UK to rejoin the EU’s Horizon Europe 

Commenting on today’s news that the UK has struck a deal with the European Union (EU) for the UK to rejoin the EU’s Horizon Research Programme, Executive Director of Yorkshire Universities, Dr Peter O’Brien, said…

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Introducing the new Chief Policy Fellow of Y-PERN – Andy Mycock

As Chief Policy Fellow, Andy is part of the Y-PERN directorate providing overall strategic leadership of the programme, working closely with the Senior Programme Manager, Kayleigh Renberg-Fawcett. Andy leads on the coordination of the team of Y-PERN policy fellows across the region, and the delivery and evaluation of the four programme Work Packages. He has responsibility for delivering Work Package 3 which focuses on policy engagement training, dissemination, and community engagement. Andy is the key contact point for engagement and networking with academic and policy communities across Yorkshire and the UK more widely, and dissemination of Y-PERN outputs.

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Yorkshire Universities publishes New Strategy on Yorkshire Day

Yorkshire Universities, the representative body for universities and higher education institutions in Yorkshire and The Humber, has today published a new Strategy, which will ‘champion’ Yorkshire as the UK’s premier region to live, work and study. The new 2022-25 Strategy, which is underpinned by a shared vision of the power and potential of Yorkshire and …

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