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University launches SME survey for ERDF Innovation Grant Programme

The University has been invited by Government to submit full applications to fund programmes of three years’ duration, giving SMEs in the Humber, York and North Yorkshire access to grants for innovation projects delivered by an agent of their choice.  SMEs are invited to complete a short survey on this link, by Monday 19th September 2016, to help the application and be first in line to receive further information should the funding be secured.  The funding is earmarked under the European Regional Development Fund strand of the European Structural and Investment Funds programme for England 2014-20.     


University calls for ESIF ESF Delivery Partners

In response to a call for funding under Priority Axis 2: Skills for Growth of the Humber ESIF programme, the University of Hull is inviting expressions of interest from organisations wishing to be part of a delivery partnership to provide Leadership and Management courses that support local priorities to provide Level 3 and above skills to individuals in the Humber, with a particular focus on Level 4 and above skills. Details of the call are available here

Interested organisations should refer to the brief and complete the EoI form, using the contact details provided, by 5pm on Monday 4th July 2016.


University Calls for ESIF ERDF Innovation Partners

In anticipation of calls for funding under Priority 1b (Promoting Business Investment in Research and Innovation) and Priority 4f (Supporting the Shift Towards a Low Carbon Economy in All Sectors) of the Humber ESIF programme, the University of Hull is inviting expressions of interest from organisations wishing to be part of one or two delivery partnerships to provide innovation advice, support and guidance to SMEs. The primary focus would be benefiting SMEs in the Humber, and potentially in adjoining LEP areas subject to appropriate calls.

A multi-agency, multi-sector approach is felt to be most appropriate to deliver the likely range of support needed. Interested organisations should refer to the brief and complete the EoI form for the relevant Priority for return, using the contact details provided, by 5pm on Friday April 29th.

Potential partners may also like to refer to the following documents:



University researcher collaborates with conservation company to help fight climate change

A UNIVERSITY of Hull researcher is helping fight climate change after developing a data analysis system to reduce carbon emissions in tropical forest nations.

Dr Tom Martin has been working with Operation Wallacea, which runs biological and conservational research projects across the world.

The company, based in Lincolnshire, also offers volunteering chances to hundreds of students each year.

The 18-month collaboration has seen Dr Martin develop a standard and robust way of determining whether a site is eligible for a United Nations (UN) grant to protect its biodiversity and carbon stocks.

The funding, called REDD+, aims to reduce the rate of deforestation through financial incentives in tropical forest nations.

The idea is to maintain forests in exchange for establishing programmes which reduce carbon emissions.

The collaboration between Dr Martin and Operation Wallacea was forged through the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Programme which helps organisations improve their productivity, performance and profitability by tapping into the knowledge, skills and expertise of universities.

The world gets tickets to ride as University teams up with specialist Hull manufacturer

Tickets used in countries across the world now contain special inks developed in Hull.

A knowledge transfer partnership with the University of Hull has led to specialist ticket company, BemroseBooth Paragon, developing a full-scale ink manufacturing plant at its premises on the city's Sutton Fields Industrial Estate.

Chemistry graduate Haydn Ward, who joined the company at the start of the partnership, has formulated, refined and manufactured the technology for producing the information-storing magnetic strip on the tickets and created 10 types of magnetic ink.

UTC patron HRH Duke of York KG to visit University of Hull

His Royal Highness The Duke of York KG, will visit the University of Hull on Wednesday, 1 October, to see how the University is supporting the Humber UTC (a University Technical College), which is recruiting now for September 2015 entry.

University Technical Colleges combine the knowledge and expertise of universities with strong support from industrial partners. They provide students with an advanced edge in specific skills areas, with the Humber UTC specialising in engineering and renewable energy. The aim is to inspire students with real-world knowledge and scenarios, while also preparing them to embark on further academic study or apprenticeship.

The Duke of York is the Patron of UTCs and is visiting the University of Hull on 1 October to see some of the technology that UTC students will be able to learn more about. A group of pupils will demonstrate a cutting-edge virtual reality training tool that has been developed to assist offshore wind engineers.

The Humber UTC is on course to open in September 2015, and is currently being built on a new site close to Scunthorpe town centre. Parents of prospective students can find out more about the plans and how it is developing by visiting the Humber UTC website

The partner organisations for the Humber UTC are: North Lincolnshire Council, Able UK Ltd, University of Hull, Tata Steel, Outwood Grange Academies Trust, North Lindsey College, The Local Education Partnership, Centrica Storage Ltd and Team Humber Marine Alliance.

Winner: Guardian University Awards 2014 Ideas Bank

Project: Business partnership: For Entrepreneurs Only

Hull is a city which needs the energy and dynamism of entrepreneurs to continue its economic and social redevelopment: For Entrepreneurs Only (FEO), a group hosted and supported and co-founded by the University of Hull encourages exactly that. Working with a group of 100 of Hull and East Riding's leading entrepreneurs who run companies with a joint turnover of £1.5bn, Hull has backed the formation of a community interest company with offices in the university's enterprise centre.

Members of FEO provide time, energy, passion and commitment to inspire emerging entrepreneurs of all ages across the city and region. Over the past 12 months, FEO joint activities with the university have supported more than 500 entrepreneurs and start-ups, with project activities including: a joint event called "100 ways to grow your business" during Humber business week, monthly free trouble-shooting "clinics", strengthened connections with banks to find solutions to lending difficulties experienced by fledgling businesses, a series of entrepreneur 'boot camps' and direct internship opportunities for students.

As part of the drive to support young businesses, the university's enterprise centre has worked with the students' union to create a vibrant enterprise & entrepreneurship society, established an enterprise research group at the business school and helped develop startup-donut, a one-stop website for people looking to start their own businesses.

By becoming a community interest company in November 2012, FEO is able to invest any profit made back into the local entrepreneurial community. the business plan is that through its focus on enterprise, FEO members' support and advice will contribute significantly to the aim of generating new jobs and economic growth in the Humber area.

Online mentoring with Brightside and the University of Hull

The online mentoring programme aims to support the development of University of Hull students’ employability skills and to increase their awareness of the career opportunities available to them. Brightside has been delivering online mentoring for over 10 years with its university partners, offering resources and useful information to support volunteers through the process of mentoring.

Flexible volunteering

Supporting a young person with online mentoring can be done at any time of day, from any internet-enabled PC, laptop, smart phone or tablet, meaning that it can be fitted around a busy schedule. Mentoring conversations can be held mentees through our easy-to-use, secure interface which houses hundreds of helpful articles and learning modules. Mentoring pairs can also communicate via their regular email accounts with an email gateway service.

Benefits of volunteering as a mentor

The mentoring programme aims to develop mentees’ confidence, motivation and awareness of their career options. However, mentoring can also have a positive impact on volunteer mentors, facilitating development in the following areas:

  • Listening and communicating online
  • Mentoring and developing others
  • Working with young people

The commitment

We ask you to commit to mentoring for a semester and to agree with your mentee how regularly you intend to communicate with each other, and to let your mentee know if you know you will be unavailable for any significant periods of time during the mentoring.

Support from delivery staff

Following a remote training session, volunteers have one-click access to administration staff through the mentoring site, as well as access to Brightside staff for technical assistance. The mentoring site offers an online mentoring training programme, enabling volunteers to top-up their mentoring skills as they go. Modules include ‘what makes a good mentor?’, ‘establishing rapport’, ‘goal-setting’ and ‘ending the mentoring relationship’.

Next Steps

Brightside is a mentoring charity with a mission to make sure that it is talent, not background that determines the opportunities and careers that are available to young people. The University of Hull’s Careers & Employability Service will be planning a launch event and will provide all mentors with the help and support they need to ensure the project is both enjoyable and a success.

Please email you would like to get involved. If you have already expressed an interest you will receive updates prior to the launch of the project.

Supermarket foundation degree announced

A foundation degree in supermarket operations has been announced by supermarket leader, Morrisons, and the Logistics Institute at Hull University Business School.

100 Morrisons staff will obtain skills and knowledge in leadership and logistics in order to enhance their business’ competitive advantage. The bespoke, part-time industry foundation degree has been formulated by the Logistics Institute alongside the University of Hull’s dedicated Knowledge Exchange team and in close consultation with the major supermarket chain. It will provide cutting-edge training to the Morrisons’ logistics division.

The initiative will have an immediate impact on Morrisons supply chain enabling them to meet customer demands and move food around the country more efficiently in the run up to the busy Christmas period, as well as enhancing their operations in the long-term.

The partnership comes at a time when retail logistics, the backbone of any retail operation, are becoming increasingly sophisticated with a subsequent need for higher qualified personnel. The course has been specifically created for Morrisons as an investment in their people and the future growth of the business. Following an internal recruitment process, the accredited course will largely be attended by supervisors who wish to progress to become managers - employees will complete the course with a recognised certificate and the opportunity to develop further.

The programme incorporates modules covering academic and management skills, basic HR modules and operations management, as well in-depth leadership and logistics study. Students will be taught by leading academic staff, including three globally recognised professors based within the institute. The blend of leadership and logistics modules are delivered in a block format allowing the employees to attend without impacting their employment responsibilities and a part of the course will be delivered at one of Morrisons sites to enhance the learning via on-site engagement.

The aim of this specially designed programme is to closely connect theoretical learning with the workplace environment. As part of the programme, students will tackle three business improvement projects – two from within the organisation. They will present their findings to their management team and implement positive changes within their working life.

Four cohorts of 25 students, taken from across the business, will study for a Foundation Degree in Leadership and Logistics with the institute, which is internationally renowned for logistics education and research. The first cohort is due to graduate in July 2014.

Nathan Clements, HR Director for Manufacturing and Logistics, at Morrisons, commented: ‘Efficiently moving food to our stores and customers – come rain or shine or even snow – is one of the most vital parts of any supermarket business. This degree programme will ensure that we can develop the best managers for the weekly challenge of managing a supply chain that serves 11.5 million customers every week.”

Director of the Logistics Institute, Professor David Grant, said: ‘We are delighted that Morrisons has chosen us to deliver on this programme.

‘The Logistics Institute has worked hard to ensure that the programme is challenging but balanced, with plenty of support for students and good progression routes to a full degree should the students wish to continue.

‘It is our belief that the chosen students will learn and progress rapidly on the programme and become a real asset to the Morrisons brand in the future.’

The foundation degree is announced as a new cohort of students attend the Logistics Institute, Hull University Business School, on 15 October to begin their studies.

For more information about training programmes at the Logistics Institute, please visit or email . The Knowledge Exchange provides a shop window to all of the University of Hull’s specialist expertise, technology and facilities, for further information, contact Samantha Madden, Business Development Manager – Knowledge Transfer on 01482 464914, via or visit

Humber Port Development

Stay up to date with the exciting expansion of the Humber Port Development by visiting the website and watching the new video here.

Innovate, grow, diversify your business...could the University of Hull’s new service help?

Is your company active in health-tech, bioscience, engineering, electronics, ICT/creative/digital, advanced manufacturing, food & drink, chemicals or logistics, or do you have ideas and technologies that might be applied to healthcare? If so, the University of Hull’s SYNTH (Supporting Yorkshire & Humber’s New Technologies for Health) project might be for you!

SYNTH aims to provide innovation support to SMEs across Yorkshire & the Humber, and to help large companies by developing local supply chains. SMEs may be eligible for up to 5 days free support. A short survey is being undertaken to ensure that the service meets real needs. Please feel free to share this with other business contacts across Yorkshire & Humber.

Bondholders launch Green Growth, Blue Horizons film

20 July 2012

Hull and East Yorkshire Bondholders have launched a new film, Green Growth, Blue Horizons, looking at how the region can exploit its strategic coastal location and its trading relationships around the globe. Hull & East Yorkshire has the confidence and ambition to grasp the most important opportunity our recent history through renewable energy and put our enterprises at the heart of economic growth.

Watch the film

Customers first at Knowledge Exchange

The University of Hull's Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise Centre are 'leaders in their field', according to a top customer service organisation.

The Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise Centre connect the University with the world of business and their efforts have been rewarded with accreditation to the Customer First standard for a third time.

To achieve the Customer First standard, organisations are measured on 30 statements, focussed on building customer relationships, maximising market awareness and developing staff.

The Knowledge Exchange passed with flying colours and received praise for a staff team that are “passionate, knowledgeable and committed to achieving the objectives of the organisation”.

The assessors also added that “the buzz, energy and dynamism of the place is tangible and inspiring.”

Bill Walker, Director of the Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise Centre, said: “Achieving this re-accreditation means that we can really demonstrate to our partners and the business community how important they are to us.

“Words used in the evaluation included passion, vigour and energy – this is a fantastic endorsement for all those who work so hard to make the Knowledge Exchange a success and it also suggests that this is what our customers are seeing, too.”

Vicky O’Connor, of Customer First, said: “We are delighted that Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise Centre at the University of Hull has maintained their Customer First status for a further 2 years.

“It was noted during their assessment that they have demonstrated a keen understanding of the wider issues facing the University sector, and have excelled in moving forward with the direction of change which plays a pivotal role in supporting their business goals.

“Through impressive tenacity, courage and judgment this forward thinking team have demonstrated to their peers, academics and their customers that they are leaders in their field.”

The Knowledge Exchange first achieved the standard in 2008, and this latest re-accreditation means that they can keep working under the Customer First banner until 2014.


Could your business use the skills and services of a student or graduate?

The Benefits to your Business:

Financial support available (typical amount £1200) for an 8 or 12 week internship

Internships are a proven, flexible and cost-effective way for businesses to inject fresh talent into the workplace

Get short-term help from a talented student or graduate to focus on a particular project or to take on specific responsibilities

Receive advice and support recruiting and advertising your internship

Further Information:

Your company will pay at least the national minimum wage and the University will provide a subsidy to reduce this cost significantly.

To find out more about how your business can benefit please contact Kristian Rumble, the graduate employment manager at: or telephone (01482) 465096.

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