County signs up to partnership with university

A new partnership is aiming to help Northumberland’s communities, schools and businesses access support from Newcastle University.

The strategic partnership agreement was signed by Northumberland County Council and the university to explore areas of collaboration with the aim of aligning the two organisations in addressing issues specific to the county.

Under the agreement, companies will be supported with their current and future skills needs by collaborating with the university’s academics while also benefitting from graduate talent through paid placements and internships.

It will also see the university and council working together to build links with local schools and raise awareness of the opportunities available at a research-intensive university.

A particular focus of the agreement is based on the university’s research into ageing and details how the council will work with academics.

Northumberland County Council’s chief executive Steve Stewart said: “The partnership agreement with Newcastle University is a welcome step in helping the council to drive forward its goals of achieving economic, social and environmental regeneration.

“The partnership will enable us to focus on joint activity which will reap benefits in terms of better outcomes for residents and businesses in Northumberland.”