Sheffield Hallam University is creating a “Civic University Agreement” to reaffirm its commitment to its local region.
The creation of the agreement is a key recommendation in a report published by the Civic University Commission set up by the UPP Foundation and chaired by Sheffield Hallam's Chair of Governors, Lord Bob Kerslake.
The report sets out how universities have the capability, opportunity and responsibility to support the places where they are based to solve some of their most pressing and major problems.
These issues range from are helping local business adapt to technological change, to boosting the health of local people, improving education for school pupils and adult learners, and training and developing new civic leaders in every field from politics to the arts.
Sheffield Hallam is referenced in the report for its social mobility programme, South Yorkshire Futures. The programme, backed by the Department for Education, is committed to improving education and raising aspiration for young people in South Yorkshire – particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Sheffield Hallam's Civic University Agreement is due to be published in summer 2021.
Civic University Network
Our leadership in the civic agenda meant that we became the first national lead of the Civic University Network in 2020.
The Network supports universities through the sharing of best practice by hosting events, creating a peer-review scheme for civic engagement, and publishing reports and toolkits to guide the development and implementation of Civic University Agreements. You can find out about the Civic University Network on their website.