Civic University Agreement

Universities are critical to the economic, social, cultural and environmental wellbeing of their cities and regions.

We recognise the growing importance of this civic role as the UK, and more specifically Greater Manchester, tackles the recovery from a global pandemic. 

As part of our commitment to civic engagement we played a key role in the Civic University Commission’s Truly Civic report and are a founding member of the Civic University Network that brings together universities, the Universities Partnerships Programme (UPP) Foundation, the Department of Education, Carnegie UK and Arts Council England.  

We're working alongside Manchester Metropolitan University, Royal Northern College of Music, University of Bolton and University of Salford to develop a joint Civic University Agreement with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and its ten local authorities. 

Engaging our community

We've polled local residents across all boroughs to understand and reflect local people’s priorities and aspirations for where they live and the importance they attach to the things that their local universities do.

We found around three in four residents believe we make our region a better place to live and are proud of the role we play in the city and region. 

They also value our role in:

  • training professionals;
  • the economy;
  • practical research;
  • widening participation;
  • attracting talent around the world to live and study with us.

Going forward they want us to address COVID-recovery, economic growth, good jobs, inequalities, health and the environment. We also learned of some challenges for us to tackle including our perceived benefit and openness to the public (which varied within, and across, different groups in Greater Manchester). 

We'll be responding to this polling data through our Civic University Agreement, which will be published later in 2021.