In November 2017, the YU Board agreed a new strategy, structured around the concept of ‘place’, and which will see YU focus in future on three specific priorities. The new approach reflects the growing recognition of universities as ‘anchor institutions’ within national and local industrial policies and strategies, and the distinct role and contribution of universities in places identified as being ‘left behind’. The three priorities are:
⇢ The economics of place – focusing on the role of universities in developing and delivering the Industrial Strategy
⇢ The governance of place – focusing on the place leadership role of universities in the context of devolution in England
⇢ The social, civic and cultural significance of place – focusing on the civic contribution of universities to place-making and societal development and change
The priorities provide a new focus for YU’s activity, which will be directed towards strengthening the contribution of universities in Yorkshire to place development and building institutional and organisational relationships across sectors and between actors, whilst recognising the emergent environment facing the HE sector in England.