YU Newsletter – Spring 2024

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Collaborative Regional Conference Showcases Student Sustainability Research

The Student Sustainability Research Conference, held at the University of Leeds on 6 March 2024, showcased the research of over 100 students from across Yorkshire. This is the second year that the conference has been open to students from the twelve Yorkshire Universities (YU) member institutions across all levels and disciplines. The collaborative approach to …

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Yorkshire Universities’ Five Key Asks ahead of the Mayoral Elections in Yorkshire

Five Key Asks from the 2024 Mayoral Elections in Yorkshire  Twelve universities and higher education institutions in Yorkshire today issued a powerful open letter to the region’s mayoral election candidates outlining five ‘key asks’ to ensure the county is a place to “invest, live, work and learn”.  Ahead of mayoral elections on 2 May 2024, …

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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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Yorkshire Universities expresses support for the Hull and East Yorkshire Devolution Deal

Yorkshire Universities (YU) Executive Director, Dr Peter O’Brien, has written to the leaders of Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire councils to respond to the public consultation on the Hull and East Yorkshire Devolution Deal. You can read the full open letter below, which outlines YU’s support for continuing devolution across Yorkshire and the potential …

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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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Devolving powers key to tackling ‘burning platform’ of health and economic inequalities  – says new white paper

Devolving health powers and investment to local areas is key to tackling a “burning platform” of health and economic inequalities between Yorkshire and other parts of the UK, according to a powerful white paper published today. The white paper argues that meaningful devolution that allows local leaders to lead is the best way to tackle …

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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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Trailblazing Yorkshire-based project linking academics with policymakers and communities awarded £5m funding

A trailblazing Yorkshire-based project, which includes a new data portal giving communities vital information, and major climate change initiative, has secured £5m funding. The project, the only one to be funded in England, and one of just four in the UK to be awarded UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) investment, will be delivered between now …

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