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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Industrial Strategy White Paper: Building a Britain fit for the future?

Dr Peter O’Brien, Executive Director

So, ten months after the government trailed its set of initial ideas for a ‘new’ approach to industrial policy in the UK, the long-awaited Industrial Strategy White Paper has been published today. In seeking to navigate a course through the choppy waters of an uncertain Brexit, diminishing productivity and widening regional and local economic disparities, the White Paper is, to some extent, seeking to lay out a long-term framework for building on some of the opportunities and addressing some of the structural economic challenges facing the UK.

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Digital Storytelling for ‘hard to reach’ students

Digital storytelling can be a powerful tool for capturing student voices, especially those which seek to challenge a norm or prevailing culture. They can raise awareness of the differences experienced by students pre-HE, through transition and induction, on feelings of confidence, and of the challenges faced in retention and progression.

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YU Technical Assistance (YUTA)

The YU Technical Assistance (YUTA) project ran between January 2014 and September 2015. With LEP support YU gained European Regional Development funding to help universities engage in both the development and operation of the European Union Structural Plan (2014-2020). The aims of the project were to:

  • Improve collaboration between the LEPs in Leeds City Region; York, North Yorkshire and East Riding; and Humber, and Yorkshire’s universities to ensure a shared approach to development of the LEP’s strategic economic plans;
  • Identify and develop a pipeline of strategic collaborative projects for possible European investment;
  • Promote good practice on the use of innovation funding and European Structural and Investment Funding (ESIF) in the higher education sector. This aim was made possible by funding from HEFCE.

Publications include:

The conference to publicise and promote its findings, positioned YU nationally, working closely with national bodies, such as Universities UK.

YUTA actively enabled YU to convene project groups for key sectors of the Yorkshire economy. By the submission date for proposals in May 2015, expression of interests for ESIF funding were submitted in medical innovation (MedTech Innovation, led by the University of Leeds); in bio-economy (BioVale, led by the University of York); innovation in high growth SMEs (Access Innovation, led by the University of Leeds); and start-up support for SMEs (Ad:venture, led by Leeds City Council).

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