The development of degree apprenticeships at Leeds Trinity University has today been named as one of the UK's 100 best breakthroughs for its significant impact on people's everyday lives.
Leeds Trinity has been at the forefront of developing apprenticeships at a higher and degree level in West Yorkshire and across the UK. The institution has developed nine programmes in the last two years, including the only degree apprenticeship in business-to-business sales outside of London; it has worked in partnership with other universities, colleges and schools on a government-funded project to drive social mobility through apprenticeships; and is the lead Higher Education Institution on a trailblazer group for a new degree apprenticeship in Supply Chain management.
96 apprentices were welcomed onto five Apprenticeship programmes at Leeds Trinity in 2018-19, making up 7.2% of Leeds Trinity's undergraduate intake this year.
Professor Margaret A House OBE, Vice-Chancellor at Leeds Trinity University, said: "We have a long-standing tradition of offering practical, industry-relevant degree courses at Leeds Trinity, and we have established a reputation locally for effective engagement with employers, so working with businesses to develop higher and degree-level apprenticeships was a natural progression for us.
"We are very proud to be featured in the UK's Best Breakthroughs list which highlights the impact universities, like Leeds Trinity, have in their communities."
The list of breakthroughs demonstrates how UK universities are at the forefront of some of the world's most important discoveries, innovations and social initiatives. The list was compiled by Universities UK, the umbrella group for UK universities, as part of the MadeAtUni campaign to change public perceptions of universities and bring to life the difference they make to people, lives and communities across the UK.
It follows independent research undertaken by Britain Thinks which found that the public has little understanding of the benefits of universities beyond undergraduate teaching. The findings show that research is one of the key triggers to change opinion about universities but for many people, it is an abstract concept.
Professor Dame Janet Beer, President of Universities UK, said: "Universities really do transform lives. The technology we use every day, the medicines that save lives, the teachers who inspire – all come from UK universities and the important work being done by academics.
"The UK's Best Breakthroughs list is a testament to the difference that universities make to people's lives and we want everyone to join us in celebrating the work they do."
The UK's Best Breakthroughs list: 100+ Ways Universities Have Improved Everyday Life was put together in partnership with universities across the UK. As part of the MadeAtUni campaign, every university in the country was invited to nominate the one thing from their institution which they believe has had the biggest impact on people, lives and communities. Over 100 universities submitted a nomination. The entries cover health, technology, environment, family, community and culture and sport.
You can find out more about the UK's Best Breakthroughs and the MadeAtUni campaign here www.madeatuni.org.uk.