Introducing a week of #TrulyCivic events

CiviCon22 is a series of free to attend virtual sessions that will take place online between 13-16 June 2022. There are a variety of sessions on offer that aim to:

  • celebrate the work done by the Civic University Network and its members over the past year
  • share best practice and learning
  • 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 conversation

Key Information

Date: 13 – 16 June 2022

Venue: Virtual

Cost: Free

Who: Anyone with an interest in the civic movement

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Click below to register for CiviCon22 and choose the sessions you wish to attend.

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Welcome session: What universities can bring to address the challenges of funding levelling-up

13 June, 11:15 – 12:15

Government has identified funding as one of the Capitals that must be addresses to achieve levelling up. A panel of sector experts drawn from the Civic University Network Advisory Group will discuss what universities can bring to address the challenges of funding levelling up.

From imagination to implementation: the future of NHS and university collaboration

13 June, 14:00 – 16:00

In November 2021, the Civic University Network and the NHS Confederation published a report exploring the critical relationship between universities and the NHS, and their collective role in contributing to their local society and economy. This report was intended to guide university and NHS leaders across the UK as they sought to reimagine and reinvigorate university and NHS relationships through a period of sustained change – co-creating a renewed, post-pandemic partnership that puts place first.
This joint Civic University Network and NHS Confederation webinar will hear from universities and NHS leaders at different stages of embedding health within their Civic University Agreements. We will hear about the role that health – in all its forms – plays in these renewed partnerships and explore the typical areas of university-NHS collaboration, why they were selected and the mechanics of collaboration.

Lessons from Going Further and Higher: college-university collaboration in action

14 June, 13:30 – 15:00

Following on from the report on college and university collaboration by the Civic University Network, the Independent Commission on the College of the Future and Sheffield Hallam University published in February 2022, we will be exploring a range of collaborative projects, programmes and partnerships across the tertiary systems in the four nations.


We will delve into a series of case studies which represent the rich diversity of collaboration across the UK, unpicking how these formed and are sustained, and their challenges and successes. We will seek to answer the questions: how do partnerships thrive in a wider ecosystem that often pits colleges and universities against each other, what are the features of a successful partnership between colleges and universities, and what needs to change across  to enable more collaboration?

Universities and businesses – levelling up together

15 June, 10:30 – 12:00

Following the recent launch of the BITC’s Place Taskforce Report, this session will explore universities and businesses working together to drive forward place-based regeneration.

Further details coming soon

You can read the full report: Partnerships in Place: the business of levelling up here

The role of HEIs in the climate action agenda – Report launch

16 June, 10:30 – 12:00

This event marks the publication of a joint report by the Civic University Network and the Institute for Community Studies, exploring the role of HEI’s in the climate action agenda, supporting place and communities in their just transition to net zero.

Through a series of roundtables, this programme of work brought together institutions from across the UK situated in places and communities with common transition challenges. The aim was to identify effective contributions and roles for HEIs in contribution or as leaders in their local area’s journey to net zero; to recognise what is already being done, identify gaps and challenges, and share and scale practice where it could support others to take greater action.

The report launched at this online panel event summarises the discussions and findings from those roundtables, putting forward a typology and an emerging place-based framework to explore the role of HEIs in the climate action agenda.

We are delighted to be welcoming a panel of experts from universities, community organisations and different industries.

Frequently asked questions

The conference is taking place from 13 – 17 June 2022. Session times vary so please check the programme for further details.

We have a range of sessions on offer with a variety of speakers. All information can be found on our dedicated conference website.

The only details we will collect are you name, job title / organisation and email address to process your booking. All information collected is in line with the Civic University Network privacy policy.

Registration closed at 12:00 on Thursday 13 May 2021, but don’t worry, we plan to share recordings of the event and will update this page with the details soon.

After submitting your google form booking you will receive a booking confirmation message on the screen. You will then receive an email confirming your session selection. We recommend that you keep this information for future reference.

No, however you will receive confirmation of your sessions via email which will enable you to manually input into your calendar.

If you do wish to make any amendments, then please contact the conference team by email at

Yes, we are limited by the capacity of our platform, so we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

Yes, provided you have permission of that person to submit their details. We ask that you use the email address of the person attending, so that they receive important conference updates and session links.

Links to sessions will be sent by email on Friday 14th May. As we are limited in capacity, we ask that you do not share these links.

The conference will be held on Zoom.

Yes. Sessions will be recorded. All outputs including recordings, slides and other materials used will be made available after the conference on the Civic University Members’ Area. We aim to ensure that all outputs are in an accessible format, however please contact the team if you need alternative formats.

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