How do we engage with our regional partners?

The University plays an important convening role in the region and has strong links with many different organisations with the primary aim of bringing prosperity - whether this is economically, socially, environmentally or culturally - to the region. Being able to bring these partners together is something the University has an excellent track record in and a role which we see as part of our duty as a civic university.

Boards and Committees

As a way of coordinating this, the University has created Partnerships and Regional Engagement (PRE) as a central point of contact and delivery relating to regional engagement.

Led by co-Directors, Dr Sarah Want and Professor Vanessa Toulmin, PRE manages the University’s relationships with the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and regional Local Authorities (e.g. Barnsley, Chesterfield, Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield etc) as well as with other sector representative groups such as the Chambers of Commerce and Cultural organisations such as Sheffield Culture Consortium.

Where are the existing links with the region?

Our engagement with regional bodies occurs at many different levels and through many different routes ensuring that the University’s approach to working in the region is focused and aligned with the priorities for the city and region. For example: the University is informed on regional priorities by the Sheffield City Region (SCR) Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and an understanding of the priorities for the city is gained through bodies such as the City Growth Board. Guidance on industry and sector needs is achieved through our membership of the CBI, Chambers of Commerce, Culture Consortium etc. The University also works closely with colleagues at Sheffield’s fellow ‘anchor institutions’ ie. Sheffield Hallam University and the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Engaging in the city region

If you are an academic engaging in the city region or an external organisation looking to engage with the University, please speak to Yasmin Knight, Head of Regional Engagement on 0114 222 1057 or