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Our Civic University Agreement

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

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Our education and skills

Consistent high-quality education and skills provision remains a challenge within our region, and overall levels of attainment are mixed. Young people and adult learners do not have the same opportunities as their peers in other parts of the country.

Sheffield Hallam is proud to be a national leader in providing opportunities for disadvantaged young people to study. We have recruited more students from underrepresented neighbourhoods than any other university in the UK for the last five years. This inclusive outlook will continue to be at the core of our approach

Our social mobility programme, South Yorkshire Futures, was launched in 2017 bringing together partners from across the region to tackle this issue, with a particular focus on supporting those from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

South Yorkshire Futures has already been successful in securing new funding and improving collaboration within the region. This includes working with our regional colleges to move towards a truly joined-up skills strategy for our region. 

We will continue with this partnership, prioritising new and important education and skills commitments.


An early years practioner and toddler playing in a water tray

Develop our newly opened Early Years Community Research Centre, sharing best practice and providing vital community resource.

Our unique Centre provides outstanding early years provision for the local community, in a disadvantaged area of Sheffield, and will act as a beacon of best practice.

A teacher and pupil reading a story book

Support and develop the education workforce at every level through the recruitment and ongoing training of a highly skilled and representative workforce.

We will provide a comprehensive Continuing Professional Development offer which reflects the needs of the educational workforce in the region.

Mayor Dan Jarvis looks at a Children's University pupils' workbook

Work with partners to establish an inclusive extra-curricular enrichment offer for young people in South Yorkshire.

We will build on existing provision, such as the Children's University, seeking to ensure all young people have access to arts and culture, development of essential life skills and wide-ranging experiences to support educational, career and personal goals.

A GROW graduate mentor in the foreground, with three Chaucer students from the programe in the background

Expand our mentoring programme in regional schools, providing the opportunity for young people to benefit from the support of our students.

Our GROW mentoring programme pairs graduate mentors with school and college pupils to help them focus on their studies. Following the success of the programme, we will work with local authorities and schools to expand it across the region.

A businessman and a student in a high visibility jacket review a site plan on a whiteboard

Collaborate with local Further Education colleges and regional partners to develop a joined-up post-18 education offer that addresses key regional skills gaps.

We will collaborate with our college partners to develop more pathways and progression routes from GCSE to degree level and beyond, directly addressing skills gaps identified by local employers and embedding principles of lifelong learning.

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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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