Leeds Trinity University has been shortlisted in the Outstanding Employer Engagement category at the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards (THELMAs).
The Outstanding Employer Engagement Strategy award recognises a strategic and innovative approach to delivering employers' workforce development needs. Leeds Trinity has been recognised for its work with more than 2,500 businesses, organisations and charities.
The University runs the Leeds Trinity Business Network, where businesses benefit from:
- Bi-monthly business-to-business events focused around specific themes with guest speakers, Continuing Professional Development and opportunities to build valuable business relationships;
- Access to workshops, advice and CPD including Higher and Degree Apprenticeships;
- Regular business podcasts;
- Student support during placements, work-based learning modules and volunteering;
- Input into what is taught at Leeds Trinity, resulting in direct impact on the skills students learn;
- Proactive, personalised support to find suitable graduates for employment;
- Online support through dedicated social media groups.
For September 2018, the University has developed a degree in Computer Science in conjunction with leading employers from the tech sector, including Sky, NHS Digital, BJSS, and Infinity Works. The University is also collaborating with the LEEDS City Region LEP and partners on the Leeds Digital Board, to collaboratively develop digital content new course modules for every single student around coding, website development, data processing and digital marketing.
The innovative collaborations between Leeds Trinity and its tech partners will ensure that Leeds Trinity graduates are better prepared for graduate jobs, with digital skills that can be transferred to any sector and business, and contribute to closing the skills gap within industry.
As well as this, Leeds Trinity has an excellent reputation for employability with 97% of its graduates in employment or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE 2016) . The University has a well-established placement programme, which embeds two compulsory work placements into every undergraduate degree programme.
Professor Margaret A House OBE, Vice-Chancellor at Leeds Trinity University, said: "We are delighted to be shortlisted for the THELMAs. At Leeds Trinity the work we do to engage employers and connect businesses is one of our most important objectives. Not only is it beneficial to our staff and students, it's also hugely beneficial to employers too. Leeds Trinity is committed to making sure students are prepared for the world of work in a collaboration which lets businesses help shape the courses and curriculum we deliver."
The Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards are the only awards honouring the full range of professional services and administrational talent working in universities.
John Gill, Education Editor at Times Higher Education, said: "The THELMAs are unique in shining a deserved spotlight on often unsung heroes from across the professional services and administration of our world-leading universities, and it's an honour for Times Higher Education to organise an event celebrating their achievements. This year's shortlist – once again featuring almost half of all UK institutions – shows that talent and dedication continue to abound, as well as a determination to find creative solutions to problems as and when they occur."
The winners will be announced on Thursday 21 June at a ceremony in London.