Yorkshire Universities Newsletter 

2018/19 Spring / Summer Issue


We have an up to date YU Key Impact Facts and Figures infograph with all data referring to 2017/18. Feel free to download it here or check out the YU website for more details

In a focused workshop facilitated by David Marlow from Third Life Economics, the YU Industrial Strategy Group (ISG) had an in-depth discussion on what collective actions YU could undertake in relation to R&D and innovation and the governmental target of 2.4% GDP spend. A report on the workshop identified a series of interventions and it was agreed that a YU ISG Task and Finish group would examine these in more detail and steer delivery of actions. 

YU together with Kevin Richardson from the Local Academy, and member of the expert group that advised the Civic University Commission, organised a development session for YU members at Sheffield Hallam University focusing on what the concept of being a ‘civic university’ might mean in practice within the different cities and towns in Yorkshire.

YU also co-organised a roundtable discussion with UUK on the 'Future of Degree Apprenticeships'. This event held at Leeds Trinity University, informed the evidence base of a forthcoming national report. All YU members, as well as the four LEPs in Yorkshire, participated.  

Our Board meeting was held at Leeds Beckett University, where the Guest speaker was Dame Kate Barker, CBE, Member of the National Industrial Strategy Council and recently Chair of the Industrial Strategy Commission.
We welcomed James Ransom as an Associate to YU who will be working on HE policy analysis, especially with respect to the role of universities in place promotion and attracting inward investment and trade into the region.

Peter O’Brien chaired the first meeting of the West and North Yorkshire Local Industrial Strategy Independent Expert Panel. This panel was established to advise, challenge and provide insight for the development of the LIS.
YU supported the final dissemination meeting of the White Rose Consortium-sponsored project ‘Working in Partnership Showcase: Uniting Industry and Research’.

During May, we established a closer working relationship with the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges and strengthened our involvement with the Leeds City Region Skills Network in order to coordinate shared messages amongst YU members and partners regarding the HE skills offer and its link to local industrial strategies.

Peter was invited to join the Civic University Commission working group, a group of experts tasked with contributing towards the development of a guiding framework for place-based Civic University Agreements ahead of a national conference in July. 
The Industrial Strategy Task and Finish Group met to discuss how best to illustrate the specific regional university eco-system and the issues facing Yorkshire regarding the need to increase funding in research and innovation, and the private sector’s capacity to innovate and attract new investment. 

At Industrial Strategy Group (ISG) meeting in Sheffield, James Ransom gave an insight into his work around the role of universities in contributing to the promotion of place and attracting inward investment. The guest speaker was Dr Nicola Headlam, who gave us an update on the development of the new Northern Powerhouse Strategy. 

Peter O’Brien spoke at the UKRI’s flagship ‘1 year on’ event in Nexus, Leeds, explaining how collaborating with the region’s universities can help SMEs to innovate and grow. 

The same week, Peter O’Brien also spoke at the PraxisAuril 2019 annual conference in Harrogate on bridging research and teaching, and how universities in Yorkshire are making a real contribution towards local and regional development.

Peter O’Brien also spoke at the NHS Confederation's 2019 annual conference and exhibition in Manchester on the role of health and care in Local Industrial Strategies and how universities and the health sector together are central to building a more healthier and prosperous future. This event also marked the announcement of the major conference being organised by the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network, NHS Confederation and Yorkshire Universities at the end of 2019.

Monika Antal participated in the UK2070 Commission National Symposium that marked the launch of the first report: Fairer and Stronger – Rebalancing the UK Economy to which YU contributed with a response

Monika Antal spoke at the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) second annual Community Wealth Building Summit in Liverpool about the potential for universities to function as anchor institutions in their localities.  
⇢ The Civic University: How should universities assess their economic impacts in a “civic age”?
Guest blog by Tim Fanning (Hatch Regeneris) and David Marlow (Third Life Economics)

⇢ What central banks and universities have in common
by James Ransom, YU Associate

⇢ In what sense an innovation problem?
by Dr. Peter O’Brien, YU Executive Director

⇢ Towards a more place-sensitive approach to R&D and innovation investment
by Dr. Peter O’Brien, YU Executive Director

⇢ ‘Civic Universities’ in Yorkshire
by Dr. Peter O’Brien, YU Executive Director

Read more blogs from YU
1 July The YU Board is meeting at the University of Hull, where the guest speaker will be Nick Hillman, Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute

3 July ‘Universities of the North’ Conference at the University of Hull (by invitation only) 

5 July Leeds City Region Skills Network Annual Conference

9 July Peter O’Brien is chairing the second meeting of the Leeds City Region/Yorks North Yorkshire and East Riding Industrial Strategy Expert Panel

16 July Monika Antal is attending the launch of a new report from Universities UK on ‘The Future of Degree Apprenticeships’, which YU has contributed directly towards

19 July National Civic University Commission Conference 

We'll be quietly working behind the scenes, expect some exciting things in the next edition of the YU Newsletter!

11 September YU Industrial Strategy Group meeting at the University of Huddersfield

YU will be holding a roundtable for members, along with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Future Ready Skills Commission, to inform the evidence being gathered by the Commission
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