Working together for the city region
The agreement says this will mean the development of a long term embedded partnerships and the two will "work together to provide joint learning, research, development and outreach opportunities."
Leeds Met and the City Council will collaborate on a number of projects to fulfil the partnership aims, which include: working together to increase the take up of higher education by young people across Leeds; encouraging students to volunteer and undertake other civic activity including placements in the council; providing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities for the Council staff; and developing joint research and innovation bids, among others.
Professor Susan Price, Vice Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan said: "I am delighted to be consolidating our relationship with Leeds City Council today. We are already working with the council on a number of fronts for the benefit of not only our students but our city and beyond, and this will only increase the opportunities to jointly make a difference."
Councillor Keith Wakefield, Leader of Leeds City Council, said: "This is an innovative partnership which allows the council and the university to pool their expertise in order to maximise the benefits of work both are doing for the people of Leeds and its students. We're particularly pleased at the efforts being made to increase the uptake of educational opportunities and the joint working to boost the city as a whole, such as examining the economic benefits the Tour de France will bring to our region."
Projects already underway include a university-led economic evaluation of the Tour De France's Yorkshire leg in July and a major research project investigating the improved thermal performance of buildings that have been refurbished - the largest of its kind in the UK. A number of health promotion initiatives are already in place including a survey of the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Community in Leeds so Health & Social Care Commissioners can be informed of their service needs and preferences and an evaluation of the City's Helping Hands Framework which aims to enable 0-5 year olds enjoy a healthy start to their life.
The agreement was signed by Professor Susan Price on behalf of Leeds Met and Coun Wakefield on behalf of Leeds City Council.