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Introducing the Civic University Network’s inaugural conference

“The Civic Movement – Universities working in partnership” is a free virtual conference which will take place from the 18 – 20 May 2021.

Conference aims

  • 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

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Bookings are now open and will close at 12:00, Thursday 13 May.

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Key Information

Date: 18-20 May 2021
Venue: Virtual
Cost: Free
Who: Anyone with an interest in the civic movement

Conference Programme

The civic movement: universities working in partnership

Tuesday 18 May, 09:00-10:10

The civic role of universities from a variety of perspectives.
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The contribution of universities to inclusive regional growth

Tuesday 18 May, 10:30-12:00

Examining the role of universities in inclusive regional growth and the benefits of regional stakeholder collaboration.
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Civic universities & sustainability

Tuesday 18 May, 13:00-14:30

Exploring the importance of the relationship between universities and their civic partners in driving forward green recovery.
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The role of universities in boosting educational attainment for all ages

Tuesday 18 May, 15:00-16:30

Exploring the ways universities are working within their place to drive up educational attainment and progression.
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The art of place: the civic role of universities and the cultural sector beyond the pandemic

Wednesday 19 May, 09:00-10:00

Perspectives from sector leaders on the importance of a creative place-based agenda beyond the pandemic.
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COVID, communities & change: what role for HE in the 'new normal' for the wider civic sector

Wednesday 19 May, 10:30-12:00

Exploring the impact of COVID-19 on communities and subsequent sector response.
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Civic universities around the world

Wednesday 19 May, 13:00-14:30

Sharing international experience in establishing learning networks of universities committed to contributing to their local communities through collaboration, including the role of transactional organisations.
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Reimagining the relationship between universities & the NHS

Thursday 20 May, 09:15-10:30

Exploring the valuable relationship between universities & the NHS to maximise collective benefits to society & the economy.
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Measuring & enhancing civic impacts

Thursday 20 May, 11:00-12:30

A review of approaches to capturing, measuring and enhancing university civic activity and the introduction of a new self-evaluation impact tool.
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The importance of the Civic University Network in place based strategy

Thursday 20 May, 13:00-14:30

A discussion on the future role of the Civic University Network in driving the civic mission.
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Conference Timetable

Frequently Asked Questions

The conference is taking place from Tuesday 18 – Thursday 20 May 2021. 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 here.

Booking is via a google form, accessible through the main conference website and requires a small number of personal details and selection of the sessions that you wish to attend.

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.

Bookings will close at 12 noon on Thursday 13th May. Some sessions may reach capacity prior to this date in which case bookings for those sessions may close sooner. We recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

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 civicuniversity@shu.ac.uk

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 civicuniversity@shu.ac.uk if you need alternative formats.

Follow us on Twitter @CivicUniversity We will also be using the hashtags #CiviCon21 and #trulycivic

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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.

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Members’ Area

The Network has a collaborative platform and repository of resources, toolkits and event recordings. You can register or login to the Members Area by clicking the button below.

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The UPP Foundation’s agenda setting Civic University Commission recommended the establishment of the Civic University Network, to galvanise the growing Civic University movement, and reinvigorate and embed civic aspirations. Following the conclusion of the Commission, the UPP Foundation led a group of funders who awarded funding to Sheffield Hallam University. Since the Network was launched last April, the UPP Foundation has chaired the funders board – supporting its important work in its inaugural year.

News & Events

View the latest news from the Network, including recordings and resources from previous Civic University network events.

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