Leadership Bulletin – June 2017

The Leading Locally and Engaging Globally update from the June 2017 Leadership Bulletin


Leading locally and engaging globally – Professor Karen Bryan

The Leading Locally and Engaging Globally Board recently held its second meeting and we are scoping key agendas for the next six months. Local and global agendas are inextricably linked and both are vital to the University’s future. We are continuing to develop the initial phase of the South Yorkshire Futures programme that aims to improve school outcomes across the region. School attainment in the Sheffield City Region is increasing, but I heard at the Sheffield Partnership Board about the ‘forgotten 40%’ of children who do not achieve what they are capable of in school. Our programme will contribute to addressing that problem and will form the core project in the Sheffield City Region Vision: Education Alliance.

We are also launching a survey for all staff about School and College Governorships. We would like to establish a register of school governors, and to ensure that you are aware of all the opportunities for your school to link with our School and College Outreach team. So please complete the survey if you are a governor (a SHU representative governor or a parent governor) or if you would consider being a governor.

In 2015, the Schools and College Outreach team worked with over 300 schools and colleges both locally and nationally with 56% of our partner schools and colleges being in low participation areas for higher education. We are also working closely with the Sheffield Children’s University (CU) who engage with 37000+ young people across the City Region. We are an accredited learning destination, young people gain credits from engaging in our community engagement activities, and we also host the CU Graduation ceremonies. Data shows that engagement in CU activities has a positive impact on attainment.

Some staff have fed back to me that, between local and global, what has happened to national agendas? These are not forgotten and we are taking steps to increase our influence with London-based stakeholders. Last week, ULT members and other senior colleagues in the University attended a reception at the House of Lords, hosted by our Chancellor, Lord Winston. This was an opportunity to talk to alumni, key influencers and other national stakeholders who are supportive of the work of the University.

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