Civic University Network

Civic University Network

The Civic University Network was one of the key recommendations from the UPP Foundation’s Civic University Commission, an independent inquiry into the future of the civic universities and how they can best serve their ‘place’ in the 21st century. 

The Network will work to support the growing civic university movement so that universities can increase their civic impact - and connect universities with other sectors which are prioritising issues around ‘place’ to level up the economy and society.

Sheffield Hallam University is leading the development of the Network alongside the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) and The Institute of Community Studies (ICS), supported by network partners: University of Glasgow, University of Newcastle, Queen Mary University of London and the University of Birmingham. 

You can read the press announcement about the launch of the Network here.

The new website for the Civic University Network can be found at You can also keep up-to-date through the Network's Twitter account @civicuniversity.

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The Civic University Network is funded by the UPP Foundation, Department for Education, Carnegie UK Trust, and Arts Council England.