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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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7 February 2022, 13:00-14:30: Going further and higher: Deepening college and university collaborations

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22 March 2022, 14:00 – 15:30: Connecting Civic to Climate Action

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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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The Strategic Lead for our Network Richard Calvert @Hallam_DVC argues that universities are not "civic washing" - but we do need to keep up the momentum https://wonkhe.com/blogs/universities-are-not-civic-washing-but-we-do-need-to-keep-up-the-momentum/ via @wonkhe #TrulyCivic

Twitter update:
Unfortunately our @civicuniversity account was hacked last night and inappropriate content was shared on our page. This has now been removed but we apologise for any inconvenience caused

REPORT LAUNCH: 1 month today! ⏰

'Going further and higher: deepening college and university collaborations' a joint report with
@CollegeComm @sheffhallamuni launches on 7 Feb with an online panel event.

Register your place here 👇 #GoingFurtherHigher

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/going-further-and-higher-deepening-college-and-university-collaborations-tickets-240812264967

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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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