27th May 2016
The Higher York Partnership, which promotes higher education in York and North Yorkshire, is to get a new Chair. Alison Birkinshaw, Principal of York College, who has chaired the partnership for the past two years, will hand the baton on to Professor Saul Tendler, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost at the University of York.
Dr Birkinshaw said: “It has been a pleasure to chair this very active partnership, of which I will remain an enthusiastic member. The partnership has enjoyed great success in recent years and is involved in a wide range of activities. It was particularly pleasing to win significant funds from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to increase the collaborative outreach work we do in local schools. As a result, Higher York partners are now working together in a larger number of schools across York and North Yorkshire than ever before.”
Dr Birkinshaw confirmed that the partnership is set to continue, with funding agreed for at least a further year, albeit at a reduced rate. The main focus of the partnership’s work from the next academic year will be on links to the local economy, and to more and better graduate-level jobs. However, the partnership will also be bidding for new funds from HEFCE to carry out targeted outreach work in local schools where there is a low level of participation in higher education, and will retain strategic oversight of a number of other areas of work, including relations between students and the community.
The incoming Chair, Professor Saul Tendler, said, “Alison is a hard act to follow, and I pay tribute to the skilful way in which she has chaired the partnership for the past two years. I look forward to continuing her good work. The fact that we have continued to invest in the partnership is testament to the value we all place on working collaboratively for the good of our institutions, our students, and the local community.”