The Leading Locally and Engaging Globally update from the November 2017 Leadership Bulletin
Leading Locally and Engaging Globally – Professor Chris Husbands
There are a few areas of activity under the LLEG pillar that I’d like to take the opportunity to share in this edition. South Yorkshire Futures is an ambitious Hallam-led initiative to improve the life chances of South Yorkshire’s young people, focused on improving educational attainment and raising aspiration. It was unveiled by Robert Goodwill MP, Minister of State for Children and Families, at a well-received September launch event. There are several strands of activity, including a School Governors project, which is focused on raising the quality of governors and has involved mapping partner schools that do not have a Hallam governor with staff who would like to take up the opportunity. To find out more about South Yorkshire Futures please visit: SY Futures launch or contact Greg Burke, Director of South Yorkshire Futures.
Through our Transforming Lives strategy we have committed to creating a high quality Degree Apprenticeship portfolio, embedding the University’s position as the leading Degree Apprenticeship provider and building on our status of one of twenty pioneer providers in 2015. Others are catching up: It has recently been announced that 80+ institutions have registered as apprenticeship training providers and these include our core competitors and Russell Group members. It is clear there will be significant opportunities and some additional investment approved at the LLEG Board will help us leverage these.
In the last edition Kevin Kerrigan wrote about emerging plans to better position us to work with businesses. In October Kevin outlined the initial strategic vision for this Business Readiness strand of work to the LLEG Board. This proposed that we build on areas of excellence to develop a clear and focused narrative that communicates our strengths to the marketplace, including:
- We are open for Business – the partner of choice to help grow and future-proof business
- Leadership excellence – nurture and develop responsible leaders of the future
- Sustainable ‘scaled-up’ growth – blending cutting-edge research with practical solutions that address real-world business challenges
- High level skills – practical, cost effective work-based learning
- Vibrant talent pool – the largest placement programme in the UK.
Working with local authorities in our region and with the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is something many of you do on a regular basis. I have recently joined the Board of the LEP, as has Neil McDonald, one of our Governors. A key element of our Regional Engagement work over the past year, following the ‘Heart of the Region’ campaign, has been meeting senior managers and Councillors of local authorities to ensure there is an understanding of the work we do, be it with young people through our outreach work or with businesses. Working closely with these partners cultivates support for our objectives and in turn delivery of our strategy. To improve these relations still further, Hallam key account managers are being identified for our partners, to ensure we build on these positive meetings and discussions.
Finally, the next ULF Fringe event on 8 December is focused on regional partnerships and you can find out more on the blog: Forum on the Fringe. Only a few places remain for this event at the time of writing.