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Our Civic University Agreement

We are working with our communities to improve lives across South Yorkshire.

Read our Agreement (PDF, 5.2MB)

Our economy and jobs

The 20-year Strategic Economic Plan for South Yorkshire, agreed by the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership, outlines the significant untapped potential within our regional economyOur region lags behind the England average for productivity, ranking 33rd out of 38 regions, and salaries within our region are significantly lower than the national average.

The Strategic Economic Plan provides a blueprint to drive recovery from the Covid pandemic and to create a more inclusive and sustainable economy. We fully support this plan and have a major role to play in its delivery.

Our commitments

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By July 2022 every undergraduate will have undertaken work experience or work placement in each year of study.

Expanding our workplace learning provision will benefit students and provide an outstanding work-ready talent pool for local employers.

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By 2024 we will offer at least 2,500 fully work-based degree apprenticeships. 

Our degree apprenticeships see students enter the workforce whilst learning at the University and are designed alongside to ensure they directly address key regional skills gaps. 

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Provide all regional SMEs with easy access to a package of free and subsidied support.

The support will include consultancy, training and access to university resources. We will also expand existing collaborations with larger organisations.

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Expand our innovation hub at the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, attracting new investment and creating jobs.

Building on our £25m investment in the AWRC and NCEFE, we will seek to develop the area as a major hub of innovation to attract more investment.

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Partner with public sector organisations to develop a highly skilled public workforce.

We will cultivate our strong collaborations with public sector organisations, including local authorities, South Yorkshire Police, NHS, and schools, to provide an educational and training offer that meets the needs of the public sector workforce in our region.


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Our Civic University Agreement

We are working with our communities to improve lives across South Yorkshire.

Read our Agreement (PDF, 5.2MB)
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