The government has published several documents with resonance for higher education (HE). These include: ‘Skills for jobs: lifelong learning for opportunity and growth’ (White Paper); ‘Interim conclusion of the Review of Post-18 Education and Funding’; ‘Government response to Dame Shirley Pearce’s independent review of the teaching excellence and student outcomes framework’; Guidance to the Office for Students (OfS): Allocation of higher education teaching grant in the 2021-22 financial year. Some of these are long-awaited; all have important implications for the future of the HE sector in England.
Read our response to the Subsidy control consultation here.
This week saw the launch of the Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission. This independent advisory group brings together a team of climate leaders from across the public, private and third sectors to work collaboratively with local authorities to help drive climate action and respond to the most serious threats facing the region.
Yorkshire universities offer to help local businesses recover from pandemic
If the pandemic has shown us anything, it’s that we need to change the way we do business. As with any major upheaval, there have been winners and losers. As with the banking crisis of 2008, the pandemic has shown no mercy to businesses that relied on pre-existing norms. As news headlines have shown, this scourge has not just affected small and medium sized businesses. Even some of the mightiest have succumbed to the crisis.
Wednesday 3 March 2021
Speaking after today’s Budget Statement, by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Dr Peter O’Brien, Executive Director of Yorkshire Universities, said:
CAPE is pleased to announce a new Policy Fellowship opportunity with Yorkshire Universities (YU), working together with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA).
This role will require the successful candidate to work closely with YU, WYCA, PERN and other partners in West Yorkshire, including local authorities, further education, health and care sector, communities and business.
Listen to the CAPECast podcast in which Sarah Chaytor, UCL’s Director of Research Strategy & Policy chats to YU Executive Director, Dr Peter O’Brien about how universities can help to support evidence use and address regional policy priorities.
Read the YU response to the Inwards Foreign Direct Investment inquiry here.
The last twelve months have seen COVID-19 impact in ways we could never have imagined. No one can fail to be shocked by the stories of how the virus has devastated lives, communities, businesses and places, but perhaps at the same time we are also inspired and thankful for the efforts of those on the front-line who have kept essential services functioning.