£200m Yorkshire Energy Park announces University of Lincoln as principal education partner

The University of Lincoln, an award-winning institution with an international reputation for its quality of teaching and research, has been announced as the principal education partner of the £200m Yorkshire Energy Park.

The university will establish a campus on the former Hedon aerodrome site to the east of Hull and aim to up-skill and re-skill those based in the park, retaining and bolstering talent and skills in key industries within the Humber region.

The partnership was announced at the Waterline Summit, the largest and most important decarbonisation event in the North of England, which places the Humber at the forefront of climate change, empowering people and places to net zero and creating an economic model for decarbonisation.

Yorkshire Energy Park will bring together forward-thinking businesses from across the globe to create and deliver innovation and world firsts, including in the technology and digital sectors. It will provide an innovative research and development offer, marrying the industries housed on the park in a UK Centre of Excellence, with onsite vocational training and higher education facilities to develop the next generation of the workforce in key industries for its occupiers.

Yorkshire Energy Park Project Director Andrew Reynolds said:

“We’re delighted to welcome the University of Lincoln as our principal education partner and this is the next big step forward for this exciting development.

“Ensuring we keep skills and talent in these important industries local is so important and this partnership will offer the perfect opportunity and platform to do this.

“Aligned to the government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda to reduce geographical and regional inequality, Yorkshire Energy Park has the potential to create up to 4,480 jobs, as well as apprenticeship, training and post-graduate opportunities for local people.

“The University of Lincoln is perfectly placed to support and develop this and we’re excited to see the potential as the partnership grows.”

Researchers at the University of Lincoln are developing innovative solutions to the challenge of sustainability, with research in key areas including climate science, clean energy, energy usage and sustainable supply chains, which is in line with some of Yorkshire Energy Park’s key objectives.