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Yorkshire Universities appoints new Executive Director

Dr Peter O’Brien has been named as the new Executive Director of YU, the membership association representing all 12 higher education institutions in Yorkshire.

A local and regional development specialist, Dr O’Brien joined YU as an associate in 2017 and has made a significant contribution to the economic development and place-based leadership work of YU ever since.

International students: economic and social impact

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.

Office for Students Draft Regulatory Framework

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.


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News: A new report published by @YorkshireUnis reveals how universities, students, employers and regional institutions can together help more graduates in Yorkshire enter the world of work or start up in business.

Read more 👉 http://hud.ac/mf1

Latest edition of the YU Digest is here!

With our new 'Supporting Graduates in Yorkshire' report and a related blog in @HEPI_news today!

Check it out here: https://bit.ly/YUDigestW20-22