Levelling up Yorkshire

28 September 2021

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Yorkshire and the Humber is home to the University of Leeds, the University of Sheffield and the University of York

Between 2014 and 2020, more than 12,100 new jobs were created by spinouts linked to Russell Group universities in Yorkshire and the Humber. Those 2,293 active companies had a combined turnover of £586m and brought £544m of investment to the region.  

In addition to the high value jobs created by their business spin-out activities, Russell Group universities in Yorkshire and the Humber currently employ over 20,000 staff, an increase of 15.4% over the last 5 years. 

How universities are helping in the region

University of Sheffield – putting Yorkshire at the centre of the future of manufacturing

The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, set up at the University of Sheffield in 2001, has a global reputation for helping companies overcome manufacturing problems and works with over 125 companies including Rolls-Royce, McLaren and BAE.

University of York – putting the UK at the forefront of the global Esports sector 

Researchers at the University of York are helping five British esports businesses understand how the public engages in immersive online experiences. The work is helping UK companies establish themselves in a $25billion global market.

University of Leeds – driving cost transparency in pension funds to boost investment outcomes

Research at University of Leeds has helped standardise data around pension investments, improving simplicity and transparency for the costs and fees in the industry. By making it easier to collect data, new templates designed by Leeds academics alongside the FCA and enhanced transparency are saving pension funds trillions of pounds.

We are generating long-term strategic research and business partnerships to drive innovation, attract investment, job creation and strengthen links between the University of York and partners in York and beyond.

— Professor Simone Buitendijk, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds

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