We drive this regional growth through our sector-leading teaching and work in business development, culture, health and education, and through our expertise in areas ranging from engineering, law and tourism to sport and social sciences.
Throughout May, we will reflect on our role in the North, and the impact we have as a member of the University Alliance, forging ever-closer links with industry and delivering workforce skills and training for both private and public sectors.
By working closely with employers, we are able to anticipate and adapt to their changing needs, tailoring our courses and bridging the skills gap to help drive the region’s economy.
Fine examples of these are the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management’s strong partnerships with leading travel companies including airline Jet2.com, or the Carnegie School of Sport’s extensive collaborations with grassroots and professional sports clubs.
Many of the region’s teachers and school leaders learned their trade at the Carnegie School of Education, while the Northern Film School at Leeds School of Arts has helped put the North at the forefront of TV and film.
At Leeds Business School, our goals include maximizing our contribution to regional economies by delivering innovative teaching, developing business models, improving productivity and encouraging responsible leadership.
Our expertise and research enable us to make significant contributions to the sector, from individual entrepreneurs and small and medium sized businesses to national corporations, with a focus on knowledge transfer, impact and the creation of regional reservoirs of knowledge.
We have forged strong links with businesses of all sizes from the food, drink and the FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods) industries. And by working with other anchor businesses, we have been able to help make them more resilient, agile and strategic in very dynamic and competitive business environments.
In these particularly challenging times, we will continue to innovate and create solutions to new problems, such as working with business support programme AD:VENTURE to provide free online resources to employers during the coronavirus pandemic.
As we adapt to these new methods of working, no doubt many will become ingrained into our working practices, even when lockdown is a distant memory. We may well see a new “normal” in many facets of our lives, driven by technological and digital innovations.
And so our work in promoting responsible leadership, rethinking supply chains and reducing carbon footprints will play a pivotal role in driving an agenda that will make the North the engine for the country’s future economic development.