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The Civic University Network

The Civic University Network builds on the 2018 UPP Foundation Civic University Commission which challenged universities to re-shape their role and responsibility to their communities to realise their potential as drivers of a new civic agenda. Our vision for the Civic University Network is to help make this ambition a reality – supporting universities to develop and embed civic aspirations at an institutional level, as well as working with government and strategic partners to ensure that a university’s geographic role and responsibility is used more effectively as an agent to drive positive societal change.

Our Focus

The Network will work to support the growing Civic University movement by sharing best practice between participating universities, support those HEIs who are developing Civic University Agreements (a key recommendation of the UPP Commission), develop a peer review scheme so that universities increase their civic impact, and connect universities with other sectors which are prioritising issues around ‘place’ to level up the economy and society. The civic university network is funded by the UPP foundation, Department for Education, Carnegie UK Trust and Arts Council England.

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14 September 2021, 13.30-15.00

“Retaining graduates locally: the value for social equality”. To book a place click here.

21 September 2021, 10.30-12.00

“Civic University Showcasing and Networking event”. To book a place click here.

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Our Ambition

The Civic University Commission challenged universities to re-shape their roles and responsibility’s to their communities to realise their potential as drivers of a new civic agenda. Our vision for the Civic University Network is to help make this ambition a reality – supporting universities to develop and embed civic aspirations at an institutional level, as well as working with government and strategic partners to ensure that a university’s geographic role and responsibility is used more effectively as an agent to drive positive societal change.

Resources

The Network has been working hard to support the growing civic university movement, and our resources area contains a wealth of information to support you on your civic journey.

Access to these resources can be done through our Members’ Area and are available for free to anyone with an interest in the civic university agenda. Signing up is easy, and takes less than a minute.

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Civic Connections

Our policy mapping tool ‘Civic Connections’ aims to map some of the key policy ‘hooks’ of most relevance to ‘civic’ agendas, with the dual aim of helping institutions and their localities capitalise on the available opportunities as well as identifying potential government agendas of most relevance to universities’ civic mission.

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The policy mapping tool is just one of a number of civic policy resources that are free to access and aim to help build connections and crossovers with Government policy.

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At the @UPP_Foundation @bridge_group @civicuniversity Report Launch, @Rebecca_GradC @gradconsult has referenced this research by the inestimable @lmicharlie showing that higher graduate salaries can often leave graduates less well off.
https://luminate.prospects.ac.uk/these-cities-give-graduates-the-best-value-for-their-salary

@Rebecca_GradC recommends:
➡️Contextualising data through salary benchmarking
➡️Involving local authority economic development teams in bridging gaps between #SMEs & #graduates
➡️Supporting #SMEs to develop, progress & retain graduates
🎣 Teach SMEs to fish (not literally)

🚨51% of graduates stay in the region of their university after graduating.
🚨These graduates are equally likely to be in paid employment
🚨Narrative around salary and LEO data as important measure is not inclusive

@UPP_Foundation @bridge_group @civicuniversity @gradconsult

Fantastic discussion taking place on our expert panel 🤗
In response to a question on graduates working remotely in a post covid world, @Rebecca_GradC highlights the importance of learning by osmosis and those water cooler networking opportunities! @bridge_group @UPP_Foundation

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Civic University: A snapshot

This infographic has been created as a handy one page document summarising the network, those involved and the aims and objectives.

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Design by Nifty Fox Creative, 2020

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