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

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Close up of a turbine at an offshore wind farm

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

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Field of wheat

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 pod designed by HYPED.

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.

Farming and food and the Industrial Strategy

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Food and farming businesses support 3.8 million jobs throughout the UK, with 13% of the national workforce employed across agriculture, food manufacturing, wholesaling, retailing and catering. We were delighted when the government committed the UK to being at the forefront of the global move to high-efficiency agriculture.

How we can win the AI race

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Graphic showing how AI is used around the UK.

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

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View of Sheffield at night with cooling towers in the foreground.

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.