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2018/19 Winter Issue

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Since the last issue, at YU we have:
Established the Industrial Strategy Group
YU established a new advisory group, with a specific focus on place-based development, in the context of the Industrial Strategy and the role of HEIs in its delivery. 

Responded to the Science and Technology Committee inquiry on the 'Balance and effectiveness of the research and innovation spending'
We submitted evidence to this Select Committee inquiry and Peter O'Brien will give oral evidence to the Committee at a session to be held on 28 February. This takes place in advance of a YU workshop on 4 March that will examine R&D and innovation investment and activity in Yorkshire. See more in the 'things to look forward to' section below.
We also posed the question of what challenges and opportunities the government’s ‘2.4% R&D target’ would present to Yorkshire at the White Rose residential of PhD students in January. 

Responded to the HE Commission's enquiry into Degree Apprenticeships 
The final report of the HE Commission included contributions from a number of YU members, of which Leeds Trinity University, the University of Hull and Sheffield Hallam University were quoted in the report directly.
We will continue to work closely with Universities UK on their skills policy activity and their future for degree apprenticeships project

Peter O’Brien gave the keynote speech at the Australian Regional Universities Network Conference on 'Anchor Institutions Transforming their Regions'
As a follow-up, our anchor institution work was expanded, and in December YU held a roundtable discussion on the role of universities as anchor institutions in Yorkshire.
In January, Peter was invited to speak at the Equality and Democracy in Local & City Government Conference at the University of York.,you can watch the speech here (starting at 18:45 mins).
We look forward to expanding our work in this field and collaborating with the Centre for Local Economic Strategies on their national Centre of Excellence programme for anchor institutions in the near future.

Responded to the Civic University Commission and the UK2070 Commission into regional inequalities
We look forward to the publication of the interim and final reports from both commissions and to continue to engage with the work streams being delivered as part of the two inquiries.

Held a facilitated development session on how universities and partners in Yorkshire might influence and shape the nature of the proposed UK Shared Prosperity Fund. 
You can read the excellent overview from Kevin Richardson, Local Academy, titled: YU on the front foot in thinking about future ‘growth’ funding
Supported the Industrial Strategy and Civic Need conference with the Leeds Social Sciences Institute, where Peter chaired a panel on understanding and developing regional innovation and civic priorities.

Held our 2018 Annual General Meeting and Board of Directors meeting where Sarah Longlands, Director, IPPR North, was the guest speaker. 

Completed and published YU’s 2017-18 Annual Report and Accounts for 2017-18.  
Featured blogs and guest contributions
⇢ Driving social mobility? Competitive collaboration in degree apprenticeship development 
by Claire Newhouse, Head of Apprenticeships and Skills, Leeds Trinity University 
⇢ Higher-level skills for the future 
by Professor Tim Thornton, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Huddersfield
⇢ Civic universities and anchor institutions – from rhetoric to reality 
by Les Newby and Nicky Denison, independent consultants specialising in economic development and inclusive growth
⇢ The role of universities in remaking towns post-Brexit 
by Professor Roger Lewis, YU Associate 
⇢ ‘Beyond Eds and Meds’: Realising the value of place-based university-health partnerships 
by Dr. Peter O’Brien, YU Executive Director
As published in the NHS Confederation Local Growth Bulletin on 8 October 2018.
⇢ Universities and Local Industrial Strategies ‘Part one: glass half-empty? and ‘Part two: harnessing the expertise of universities’  
by Kevin Richardson, Local Academy, making the case why universities should take an active role in developing and implementing local industrial strategies
Read more blogs from YU
Things to look forward to
28 February
Peter is giving evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee inquiry into the balance and effectiveness of research and innovation spending

4 March
Industrial Strategy Group workshop on R&D and innovation
University of Huddersfield (by invitation only)

6 March 
Civic University Commission focused discussion with Kevin Richardson 
Sheffield Hallam University

20 March
UUK-YU joint roundtable on the Future of Degree Apprenticeships 
Leeds Trinity University

21 March
CLES-YU joint roundtable on proposed national Centre of Excellence for universities as anchor institutions - Manchester

26 March
Board of Directors meeting where the guest speaker will be Dame Kate Barker CBE, Member of the Industrial Strategy Council, recently Chair of the Industrial Strategy Commission 
Leeds Beckett University
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