Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Slee welcomed attendees and the keynote speaker was Council Leader, Councillor Judith Blake, on ‘Strong Economy, Compassionate City - Getting the Most Out of Devolution’, followed by a question and answer session.
Other seminars included Professor John Shutt with ‘Northern Powerhouse: Strategic Issues for Devolution and Universities’ and Professor Jane South took an overview of the implications for health with a session entitled ‘Why does Health Devolution Matter for Public Health’?
Professor Ian Strange from our Leeds Sustainability Institute presented on ‘Sustainable Development: Planning Housing and Transport – Will Planning Deliver?’ and Barbara Colledge’s session was centred around ‘The Role of Anchor Institutions in the City-Region’.
Dr Dave Devins from Leeds Beckett rounded off the day with his presentation, ‘More and Better jobs: Maximising the Impact of Anchor Institutions in the Leeds City’.
The devolution bid for the Leeds City Region would, if it goes ahead, represent the UK’s largest city region economy outside London. It would involve devolved Government powers to have more control of the economy and include the West Yorkshire districts of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield plus the North Yorkshire districts of Craven, Harrogate, Selby and the City of York.