Our role in the region

The University is at the heart of the Sheffield City Region, woven into the fabric and culture of Sheffield and the surrounding area. From our roots in the region almost 200 years ago, we continue that civic tradition through our leadership role and significant contribution to our region’s economy, workforce, infrastructure, health, culture and environment.

We add more than £400million to the city region economy on an annual basis, our £220m campus masterplan will help regenerate significant parts of Sheffield city centre, and we have built world-class research centres in an areas in need of regeneration and investment. 

As part of our commitment to our region, we are creating a Civic University Agreement. This pledge lays out a meaningful approach for how we consider our regional role and ensure this is embedded into our institutional culture. It restates our commitment to focus on regional priorities including education and skills, health and wellbeing, the economy, and driving social mobility.  

And our leadership in the civic agenda and place-based higher education policy meant that we became the first national lead of the Civic University Network in 2020.

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