Reporter 447, 21 February 2000

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World Wide Universities Network: Background Briefing


The World Wide Universities Network (WWUN) is a collaborative initiative of the Vice-Chancellors of the universities of Leeds, Sheffield, Southampton and York. It builds on the valuable experience of regional inter-university collaboration gained through the White Rose consortium and on the diverse international experience and expertise across the four core UK partners. The network’s focus is the development of innovative joint teaching and research projects and programmes at an international level.

Prospective Areas for Collaboration

A number of subject areas have been provisionally identified as areas of strength within the core consortium which offer good potential for academic collaboration and partnership with external organisations and sponsors. These are:

Each UK member university will take the lead in bringing together academic colleagues in two or three target subject areas to explore possibilities for collaboration. Leeds ’lead’ areas are bio-medical informatics and knowledge management.

The main focus for activity will be at postgraduate level, including potentially: