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Civic Connections: Mapping the Higher Education and research policy landscape

This document 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 forums and debates through which the Civic University Network may seek to influence Westminster and Whitehall as well as thinking in the nations and regions of the UK to ensure they are more closely aligned and supportive of universities as civic institutions. This document builds on the previous UPP Guide to Preparing Civic University Agreements.

          The Civic University Network, Updated September 2020

Policy Mapping Tool
Preparing a Civic University Agreement
Civic University Agreement Overview
Civic University Agreement Interview Findings

Useful Resources

Informing Policy

The Civic University Network response to UKRI R&D roadmap consultation

The Civic University Network, Submitted: August 2020

The Civic University Commission:

Truly Civic [Final report], UPP Foundation, February 2020

 A Tale of a Divided Britain [Report], UPP Foundation, 19/02/20

Civic University Agreements: exploring synergies with Office for Students access and participation regulation and funding 

Chris Millward, Office for Students, July 2019

The Civic University Network Advisory group also provide strategic input and guidance. For more information on group members please click here

The Civic University and Coronavirus

Please also see our Civic University Webinar information in ‘Other Background information’ section

Civic Universities: Responding to the economic and social consequences of the coronavirus [Report]

Des McNulty (Glasgow University) and John Goddard (Newcastle University), The Civic University, August 2020

How young people can be supported during and after the global Covid-19 pandemic [Report]

UPP Foundation, May 2020

The vital role of civic engagement for universities [Article]

Andreé Sursock University World News, 16/05/20

A bold plan for research will guide choices in a post-Covid economy [Article]

Beth Thomson, Wonkhe, 10/05/20

Universities need a new compact with society and these should be the priorities [Article]

Karan Khemka and Parag Khanna, THE, 09/05/20

Beyond the Pandemic: the role of universities in shaping a better future [Article]

Giles Carden and Lawrence Young, HEPI, 08/05/20,

The Coronavirus Pandemic: Universities and the Economic Recovery of Place [Article]

Dr Peter O’Brien, Yorkshire Universities, 06/05/2020

Universities must help shape the post-COVID-19 world [Article]

Ira Harkavy, Sjur Bergan, Tony Gallagher and Hilligie van’t Land University World News, 18/04/20

The Role of Civic Universities in the Coronavirus Crisis and Beyond [Article]

John Goddard, 09/04/2020

Eight interventions for mitigating the impact of Covid-19 on higher education [Article]

Sir Chris Husbands and Natalie Day, Sheffield Hallam, HEPI, 30/03/2020

It’s now or never for universities to be civic [Article]

Richard Calvert, Sheffield Hallam University, THE, 29/03/2020

Building a truly civic response to the pandemic [Article]

Richard Brabner, Wonkhe, 30/03/20

If any nation can lead on university civic engagement its Wales [Article]

Kirsty Williams, THE, 10/03/20

How can universities increase their civic impact in the face of COVID-19? [Article]

Zac Ashkanasy and Jessica Weereratne, Nous Group, 10/03/2020,

The power of place in research and innovation

Universities and Colleges and the Industrial Strategy [report and data visualisations]

Abigail Whitelely, Katy Hagin and Dan Wake, Industrial Strategy Council, Universities UK, 22/09/20

Research and innovation clusters [policy briefing]

The Royal Society, 16/09/20

Place and the Industrial Strategy: A Changing Landscape [Article]

Philip McCann (University of Sheffield), Industrial Strategy Council, 14/09/20

The power of place: Maximising local economic impacts of R&D investment in the UK [Report]

CaSE (Campaign for Science and Engineering), 12/05/2020

The Missing £4 Billion: Making R&D work for the whole UK [Report]

Tom Forth and Richard Jones, Nesta, 27/05/20

A Resurgence of the Regions: rebuilding innovation capacity across the whole UK [Report]

Richard Jones, University of Sheffield, 22/05/19

R&D Place Advisory Group [Board established]

           Ministers for Science speech, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS),  08/10/20

The Civic University Network response to UKRI R&D roadmap consultation

The Civic University Network, Submitted: August 2020

Levelling Up: Yorkshire and Humber: health as the new wealth post-COVID [Report]

Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), the NHS Confederation and Yorkshire Universities, Published: 14/07/20

The Coronavirus Pandemic: Universities and the Economic Recovery of Place [Report]

Dr Peter O’Brien, Yorkshire Universities, 06/05/2020

Other Background Information

Watch

What is a Civic University? [1 hr, 16 mins]

Professor Mary Stuart, Midlands Enterprise Universities, 12/02/2019

Launching the Civic University Network [1 hr 26 mins]

Civic University Network Webinar 1, Ieuan Ellis, Jane Robinson, Jacqui Robinson, 05/06/2020

Download slides here

Covid-19 and Civic Engagement [1 hr 18 mins]

Civic University Network Webinar 2, Jane Tarr, Sarah Pickup, Richard Harries, 17/07/20,

Download slides and other supporting documents here

Civic University and Inclusive Local Economic Recovery [1 hr 24 mins]

Civic University Network Webinar 3, Bob Kerslake, David Willetts, Sarah Davidson, 30/09/20,

Download slides and other supporting documents here

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Read

Universities and Colleges and the Industrial Strategy [report and data visualisations]

Abigail Whitelely, Katy Hagin and Dan Wake, Industrial Strategy Council, Universities UK, 22/09/20

Research and innovation clusters [policy briefing]

The Royal Society, 16/09/20

Place and the Industrial Strategy: A Changing Landscape [Article]

Philip McCann (University of Sheffield), Industrial Strategy Council, 14/09/20

The power of place: Maximising local economic impacts of R&D investment in the UK [Report]

CaSE (Campaign for Science and Engineering), 12/05/2020

How universities can help to level up towns [Article]

Richard Brabner, Wonkhe, 19/02/20

Can Universities help transform the cities and communities they inhabit [Article]

John Goodard, QS Wow News, 02/05/19

It’s time to build a civic movement [Article]

Richard Brabner, Wonkhe, 02/12/19

The Civic University: Confronting Future Challenges [Article]

John Goddard, University Industry Innovation Network, 28/11/19

Building the Civic University? Academic Outreach and Engagement in Sheffield [Journal article]

Wood, Matthew, 13/11/2019

Maximising universities’ civic contribution [Policy paper]

Goddard, Hazelkorn, Upton and Boland, Wales Centre for Public Policy, 13/11/18

The civic university is alive, but is it well?  [Article]

Richard Brabner, Wonkhe, 22/10/18,

What does it mean to be a 21st-Century civic university?  [Article]

Deborah Bull, Wonkhe, 18/06/18

Reinventing the Civic University [Report]

John Goddard, Nesta, 12/09/09,