The University of Sheffield is proud to be supporting National Productivity Week

A week-long series of events, seminars, conferences and panel discussions has been launched to raise awareness of and offer solutions to addressing the UK’s productivity challenges.

Proudly supporting the National Productivity Week.

National Productivity Week has been organised by The Productivity Institute, the ESRC funded research body of which The University of Sheffield is one of nine partner institutions.

It will run from November 27 to December 1 and bring together academia, business leaders, policymakers and thinktanks to share insights and provide solutions for tackling productivity slowdown in the UK.

The Yorkshire, Humber & North East Regional Productivity Forum led by The University of Sheffield has organised an event as part of the week.

The Productivity Puzzle: Challenges and Opportunities for Yorkshire, The Humber and the North East

Join us for an event that brings together local, regional and national businesses, policy makers,  academics and business support agencies to examine: The importance of productivity to businesses, current and possible future regional challenges and how these can be addressed and ways in which businesses have collaborated with universities to improve business performance.

Book your place here.

The Productivity Agenda

The week also see The Productivity Institute launch the UK’s first Productivity Agenda, a 10-chapter report written by academics spanning the Universities of Manchester, Cambridge, Cardiff, Kings College London and Warwick, among others. This will highlight nine key areas policymakers need to focus on to address productivity growth in the UK.

Business drivers of productivity

The Productivity Institute has identified 5 key drivers of productivity and there are a number of our services that can help businesses with a number of these.


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Worker skills, engagement and wellbeing and management competencies

Skills and training are major enablers for firms to become more productive and we know that there is a link between productive firms and management practices.

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Productivity research

The University of Sheffield academics have produced a wide range of research relating to productivity. Some highlights include:

Boosting productivity and wellbeing in the UK workplace

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Researchers at the University of Sheffield, along with six further institutions in the UK, have contributed to an initiative to help boost productivity and wellbeing through supporting the growth of better management practices in the UK.

Unlocking productivity in the SCR through changes to the transport network

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Academics from Sheffield University Management School and the Faculty of Engineering are working with SYPTE to develop a decision-support tool which will be used to identify potential new routes to maximise connectivity and regional productivity.

InterACT Made Smarter Network+

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The purpose of InterACT is to create an interdisciplinary community where funding can be effectively distributed to researchers who will generate actionable economic and social science insights for the benefits of UK businesses.

Centres of excellence

The University's cross-faculty research centres harness our interdisciplinary expertise to solve the world's most pressing challenges.