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Birmingham City University, Aston University and Newman University win the AGCAS Building Effective Partnerships Award 2020

14 July 2020

The winners of the AGCAS Building Effective Partnerships Award 2020 are Birmingham City University, Aston University and Newman University for the collaborative project Higher Level Skills Match (HLSM).

HLSM is a unique collaborative project positioning Birmingham City, Aston and Newman universities in partnership with local authorities in Cannock Chase, Lichfield, Tamworth, and North Worcestershire to tackle the gap between the future skills required by businesses, and the skills currently held by the workforce. HLSM partners rejected individual funding opportunities to tackle local student employability and business skills-needs challenges in favour of this collaborative approach – enabling partners to design a collective skills delivery project using a unique account management service.

Judges comments

Of the winners, the final judging panel said:

‘This is an outward-looking project, which works across universities, local authorities and many other organisations. It is an amazing achievement, demonstrating significant innovation, to make so many organisations work together. This citywide collaboration is creating funding for the region and ensuring graduate retention. Not only is this project having impact now, it will carry on producing results into the future.’

The winners were announced at the AGCAS Awards for Excellence showcase webinar on 14 July 2020.