Universities around the UK are making ambitious declarations to drive a new civic agenda by reshaping their objectives to be more aligned to their local needs.

Our report introduces the relevance of civic universities and highlights some of the difficulties with reference to case studies from our research. We also set out an approach that universities could follow to become more civic, and summarise the change in Central Government policy and the funding landscape for universities.

We have set out key stages for civic action planning and eight calls to action, which formalises universities’ work into clear public facing civic agreements that make a tangible difference to prosperity, social justice and sustainable development.

We developed this short guidance to support universities, local governments and other key organisations along this journey to help them become truly civic institutions.

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The what, why and how for universities seeking to become truly civic institutions