The creative industries matter to London, Yorkshire and the nation

As published in HEPI on 15 June 2021.

This blog has been kindly contributed by Dr Diana Beech, Chief Executive Officer of London Higher, and Dr Peter O’Brien, Executive Director of Yorkshire Universities – the umbrella bodies representing universities and higher education colleges across their respective regions. You can find Diana and Peter on Twitter at @dianajbeech and @obrienpeter72.

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Regional Policy, ‘Levelling Up’ and R&D: a north of England perspective

As published on HEPI on 3 June 2021.

This blog was contributed by Dr Annette Bramley, Director, N8 Research Partnership and Dr Peter O’Brien, Executive Director, Yorkshire Universities. This blog is in response to the recent HEPI report on Regional Policy and R&D. You can find Annette and Peter on Twitter @AnnetteB_N8 and @obrienpeter72.

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The contribution of Yorkshire’s universities to economic recovery

James Ransom, YU Associate

Universities UK launched a report today on the potential impact of the UK’s universities over the next five years. I wrote the report, which forms part of the #GettingResults campaign – showcasing the key role UK universities are set to play in the economic and social recovery from Covid-19.

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New CAPE Regional Development Fellow with Yorkshire Universities

Yorkshire Universities (YU) is delighted to welcome the appointment of Dr Richard Whittle, as the first Capabilities in Academic Policy Engagement (CAPE) Regional Development Fellow. Starting on 1 July, Richard will work with YU, the Place-based Economic Recovery Network (PERN) and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, to lead an innovative project tasked with strengthening the use and application of university research to inform public policy in West Yorkshire.

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Graduates, Jobs and Levelling Up Yorkshire

Dr Peter O’Brien, Executive Director

Last week, the Queen’s Speech set out the government’s legislative programme for the next session of Parliament, with two bills in particular likely to have a direct impact on the higher education system. In this blog, I frame my comments around the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill, which is situated alongside the government’s commitment to ‘Level Up’ the regions, and in particular the proposal, as set out in the Queens Speech, to bring more jobs and training to people where they live.

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Boosting regional research and development: The role of regional university networks

As published by HEPI on 14 May 2021

This blog has been kindly contributed by Dr Diana Beech, Chief Executive Officer of London Higher, and Dr Peter O’Brien, Executive Director of Yorkshire Universities – the umbrella bodies representing universities and higher education colleges across their respective regions. You can find Diana and Peter on Twitter at @dianajbeech and @obrienpeter72

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Ambitions and aspirations for University-Investor links in R&D in Yorkshire and the Humber

Read our new joint publication with the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) titled ‘Ambitions and aspirations for University-Investor links in R&D in Yorkshire and the Humber’ exploring the findings and recommendations from the Research England-commissioned Rees Review and what they mean in practice for Yorkshire.

This publication also captures the discussion from the Yorkshire Universities’ Roundtable that was held in collaboration with the NCUB in September 2020.

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YU briefing on the Further Education White Paper and recent Higher Education policy developments

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 the briefing note in full by YU Associate, Professor Roger Lewis here.

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The climate emergency requires local and regional action in Yorkshire

Monika Antal, Executive Manager

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.

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Yorkshire’s Universities and Business are key to the building the future economy of the region

OPINION

Professor Shirley Congdon, Chair of the YU Board

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.

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CAPE is hiring! Policy Fellowship with Yorkshire Universities

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.

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