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1 Higher York: an update Presentation to University of York Council, 6 March 2009 Colin Mellors Jessica Grant (Director, Higher York)

2 Higher York: Origins & Milestones 2001: Tripartite Agreement (UoY, YSJ, York College) supported by HEFCE (£50k) 2002: Formal Launch, also including Askham Bryan and CoYC 2005: Established as first HEFCE Lifelong Learning Network (circa £925k) 2006: Selected to host National LLN Forum 2007: Supplementary Funding from HEFCE (£595k) 2009: Completion of HEFCE-funded phase

3 Why Lifelong Learning Networks? Facilitating progression of vocational learners into higher education through: Developing curricula to facilitate progression – foundation degrees, work-based learning, e-learning, collaborative modules Ensuring appropriate information, advice and guidance (IAG) and learner support systems Production of progression agreements that set out agreement on credit and the expectations of learners

4 Regional LLNs Birmingham, Black Country and Solihull Cheshire and Warrington Coventry and Warwickshire Cumbria Higher Learning (in development) Greater Manchester Greater Merseyside and West Lancashire Hereford and Worcestershire Higher York Kent and Medway Lancashire Leap Ahead Linking London MOVE – East of England North East Higher Skills Network Progress South Central Progress 2 Succeed Skills for Sustainable Communities South East London South London South West South Yorkshire Staffordshire, Shropshire, Stoke on Trent, Telford and the Wrekin Sussex Learning Network The Creative Way (Thames Gateway) West London West Yorkshire Western Vocational Yorkshire and Humber East National LLNs National Arts Learning Network Vetnet National Rural

5 Taking Stock Major HEFCE initiative – one of responses to widening participation agenda £103m HEFCE investment 31 LLNs involving 120 HEIs and >300 FE colleges Added investment through Additional Student Numbers (ASNs ) Ensuring the legacy and, for Higher York, building on the opportunity

6 Higher York’s Approach Keep it simple Modest budget and core team (sustainability) Explicit about where collaboration aligns with (and does not distract from) institutional missions Identifies what each partner brings to, and each expects from the partnership Realistic about the ‘no go’ areas Keen to: ……under-promise and over-deliver

7 Higher York Achievements Access to higher education – progression opportunities, new curriculum. Improved information, advice and guidance. Student support. Student voice and engagement. Community Engagement.

8 Higher York Achievements Employer engagement Links with local schools Improved links with the City of York Council Local, regional and national profile

9 How has the University benefitted ? LLNs are primarily about learners and expanding the opportunities available to them, but in addition: £3.2m funding for new student places over 3 years £247k capital funding £20k project funding Contributed to the positive profile of the University and students in the local community Platform for school engagement and progression to the University

10 How has the University benefitted ? Support for student access and diversity Platform for funding bids where a local partnership structure is beneficial to the University Central Higher York team In short, we have met (and in most cases considerably exceeded) all the HEFCE targets. We now look forward to the next phase for Higher York….


12 Higher York: Where Next? Sustainability, simplicity and serving institutional missions have always been core……which is leading towards a membership-based arrangement from January 2010 Although it will retain focus on enhancing progression opportunities, there will be the opportunity for a mission that is more clearly targeted on institutional priorities

13 Core Mission a)Facilitating access to higher-level learning, progression and provision through innovative joint- working b)Underpin the economic and social agendas of City of York and adjacent areas c)Exploit other opportunities for mutual benefit between partners

14 Key Strands Progression and curriculum –expanding learning opportunities and facilitating progression Skills and employability –equipping those entering and already in the workforce Learner needs –helping more effective support provision Promoting HE in the City –contributing to cohesion and capturing the civic contribution of students and staff Collaborative opportunities (inc international) –securing effectiveness and efficiency through appropriate collaboration

15 Concluding Thoughts Higher York has delivered against targets – and met learner, HEFCE and partner expectations Opportunity to build upon platform established to make stronger contribution to City’s economic and social agendas In terms of UoY, Higher York has been purposeful, proportionate and productive

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