Ideas

Clean growth is more than a challenge: it’s an opportunity

A long-term view is essential: clean growth must be sustainable. Not only does offshore wind have the potential to become the backbone of the UK’s clean electricity system, it’s delivering thousands of jobs and economic growth to coastal areas and bringing billions of pounds of investment to the UK.

Public-private sector partnership is key in move to circular economy

The circular economy marks a shift from today’s linear ‘take, make, dispose’ economic model, towards one where materials and products circulate in the economy for as long as possible and at their highest value, writes Richard Shaw, Business Board Chair for the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership.

Hyperloop: An emerging opportunity for the UK to shape the future of mobility  

Hyperloop is a high-speed ground-based transportation system that carries passengers or freight in autonomous, bus-sized vehicles known as pods. Once the technology is proven at large scale and certified for commercial use then it will do more than just cut journey times.

How we can win the AI race

If you ask the public what they associate AI in 2018 they are now just as likely to say their virtual assistants as they are robots. 

As Business Secretary Greg Clark says in KPMG’s new report, ‘How the UK can win the AI race’ – an explosion of AI is about to define this century - and if we act now, the UK can lead from the front. We applaud the government’s move to identify AI as one of the UK’s four Grand Challenges. 

Universities as a facilitator for place-based Industrial Strategies

Earlier this year, YU’s Board of Vice-Chancellors agreed that YU should seek to widen and deepen the collective role of universities in place-based development and the Industrial Strategy.

Recently, YU held a roundtable in Leeds with Universities UK (UUK), which brought together universities, local enterprise partnerships (LEPs), combined authorities, government and national research funding agencies.

Universities' aerospace collaboration takes off at Farnborough International Airshow

This week at the Farnborough International Airshow we have seen some fantastic examples of British business and universities working together that have captured the imagination of the world. This shows what can be done when we combine the power of UK business with the research power of UK academia.