Sheffield Hallam University is a university at the heart of its region. The importance that the University places on this role is evident within the Transforming Lives strategy, outlining our determination to support our community to make the improvements needed in the region.
Sheffield Hallam University is renowned, both regionally and nationally, for the role it plays in leading improvements in social mobility, quality of life and the economy. We can evidence a number of excellent civic engagement initiatives, however we also recognise that we could do better to explain what we do and why, ensuring that there is a strategic assessment to guarantee that we add value.
Lord Bob Kerslake, Chair of Sheffield Hallam’s Board of Governors, is also chair of the UPP Foundation Civic University Commission. In October 2018, the Board of Governors set as an objective for the University to develop a civic plan. The UPP Foundation Civic University Commission released a report in February 2019, Truly Civic: Strengthening the connection between universities and their places. This report listed twelve recommendations for universities, one of which is to develop a Civic University Agreement.
Sheffield Hallam University was one of 30 universities (later joined by more) to pledge commitment to producing a Civic University Agreement. This aligns well with the vision for the Leading Locally and Engaging Globally strategy pillar.
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