Our Civic University Agreement

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

Read our Agreement (PDF, 5.2MB)


Working closely with our regional partners will be fundamental to delivering on our ambitions to bring about improvements to the lives of residents in local communities. Below are some thoughts from our key regional stakeholders.

Dan Jarvis MBE, Mayor of South Yorkshire

“Since being elected as Mayor I have worked very closely with the University on important projects to improve our region through economic, education and health innovations. We share an ambition to rebuild and renew our region for the benefit of everyone, and to address the underlying challenges we face. I warmly welcome this bold vision to help improve the lives of our local residents, and I look forward to continuing our important work together.”

Kate Josephs, Chief Executive Sheffield City Council

“Sheffield Hallam has been an important part of the fabric of Sheffield for generations. Cities are strongest when partners and communities work together and that is what we will continue to do here in Sheffield. We welcome Hallam’s commitment to driving meaningful and lasting improvements for local people.”

Sarah Norman, Chief Executive of Barnsley Council        

Collaborative working is key to ensuring we can build a better Barnsley, and South Yorkshire, for everyone. We have worked closely with Sheffield Hallam on a number of projects, including the hugely impactful GROW mentoring programme, and look forward to strengthening our relationship even.”

Damian Allen, Chief Executive of Doncaster Council

“We have valued working with with Sheffield Hallam on our priorities for Doncaster, in particular, on improving opportunities and social mobility through the Doncaster Opportunity Area. We look forward to an even stronger relationship and further partnership working to help improve the lives of local people.”

Kirsten Major, Chief Executive of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

“As one of the largest trainers of healthcare professionals in the country and home to outstanding health innovation and research, Sheffield Hallam is a particularly important partner. We greatly value our close working relationship and welcome their significant commitment to our region’s healthcare system.”

Sharon Kemp, Chief Executive of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

We share the ambition to make our region a better place to live, work and enjoy. We therefore welcome this renewed commitment and the chance to continue to work closely with Sheffield Hallam on our shared priorities.”

James Muir, Chair of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership

“The University has long made a vital contribution to our region and is a key partner of the Local Enterprise Partnership. Its commitment to research and innovation to benefit the wider economy is playing a huge role in the growth of our region as we navigate the pandemic. This agreement which sets out how the University can contribute to the delivery of our Strategic Economic Plan is one that I strongly welcome.”

Yiannis Koursis, Principal and Chief Executive of Barnsley College; Chair of the South Yorkshire Colleges Principals' Group

"A joined-up local education system is important to support our wider regional economy and provide the best possible opportunities for local people. We have welcomed the chance to work with Sheffield Hallam on this ambition."

(South Yorkshire Colleges Principals' Group: Barnsley College, Chesterfield College, DN Colleges Group, Doncaster Deaf Trust, Northern College, RNN Group, The Sheffield College, Longley Park Sixth Form, University of Sheffield AMRC Training Centre)

Councillor Terry Fox, Leader of Sheffield City Council

I’m continually impressed by the work of Sheffield Hallam, having worked closely with them over the years on fantastic initiatives across the city. We’re stronger when we work together and I’m always encouraged by our commitment to this, here in Sheffield. I welcome this vision which will go a long way to supporting our economy and providing fantastic opportunities for local people.”

university partnership

A joint commitment from Sheffield's Universities

Our city and region are vital to us. We firmly recognise the positive role that we can play by working together and with our partners for the benefit of our city and the wider region.

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Our 60,000 students and 10,000 staff are part of the fabric of the city and region – from students volunteering in local communities, to our staff working with public and private sector partners –they bring benefit and prosperity to the area.

We are committed to working together to accelerate the post-Covid recovery of our region: through tackling inequalities; addressing skills needs; improving health outcomes; working towards sustainability goals; contributing to our cultural offer; raising aspirations; and helping companies to innovate, grow and create employment opportunities.

Working in partnership has meant we have been able to deliver successful projects such as RISE, the Sheffield Innovation Programme (SIP) and the Managing Directors’ Club. And we have a shared commitment to addressing health inequalities through the University of Sheffield’s Healthy Lifespan Institute and Sheffield Hallam’s Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC)

By working together, we know that we can add greater value through our collective expertise, aligning projects and programmes to the region’s needs. We are committed to working closely with our regional partners, drawing on our research, innovation and teaching to deliver positive change and enhance prosperity.


Our Civic University Agreement

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

Read our Agreement (PDF, 5.2MB)