A national network maximising the impact of civic universities in their place

The Civic University Network is led by Sheffield Hallam University, and supports universities across the UK to develop and embed civic aspirations at an institutional level, particularly through developing and publishing Civic University Agreements.

We work with governments 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 programme of work includes webinars delivering practical support , virtual case study showcases, and in-depth analysis of opportunities for – and barriers to – maximising civic impact.

Upcoming and recent events

CiviCon22: Universities Working in Partnership - a Week of #TrulyCivic Events

13 - 16 June 2022

CiviCon22: Universities Working in Partnership was a week of free, virtual events for anyone with an interest in the civic movement, which aimed to:

  • provide an understanding of the key national, regional, and local policy landscapes within which universities can make a difference and have an influence
  • challenge thinking and shape future collaborative conversations
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Civic missions and societal challenges: what does it mean in Wales and Scotland?

9 May 2022

This event provided universities engaged in civic work with an overview of the development of the civic agenda in Wales and Scotland, the place-based interpretation of policy and community collaboration, and the associated challenges and opportunities.

Ahead of the session, a blog has been co-created by colleagues from both nations and can be read here.

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Gwyliwch ar alw yn y Gymraeg

Connecting Civic to Climate Action

22 March 2022

This practically focused event drew on the collective expertise of the Civic University Network and the EAUC – The Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education, to explore the role of universities in developing and delivering appropriate responses to climate change.

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Programme of work

The network has identified several key areas to support universities on their civic journey. Our current priorities include:

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Our planned outcomes

  • Widespread good practice is accelerating the civic agenda
  • Increased alignment and greater coherence in policy funding levers for civic activity

  • Civic roles will be informed by an evidence based analysis of the needs of the place, developed with local partners and informed by the voice of the community

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Is your institution developing innovative civic approaches?

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