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University’s commitment to local communities

14 February 2019

STEM Live

Cardiff University has reaffirmed its commitment to put local communities at the heart of its work.

The University joins 30 other institutions in supporting a “Civic University Agreement” in partnership with local government and other major institutions.

The new agreement is a key recommendation in a report published by the Civic University Commission set up by the UPP Foundation and chaired by the former Head of the Civil Service, Lord Kerslake.

The report sets out how universities like Cardiff University have the capability, opportunity and responsibility to support the places where they are based to solve some of their most pressing and major problems.

These issues range from boosting the health of local people, to supporting education for school pupils and adult learners, and training and developing new civic leaders.

The report aims to help universities build upon the excellent work that many of them are already carrying out in these areas, working alongside councils, employers, cultural institutions, schools and further education colleges.

Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University, said: “The Civic University Commission highlights the crucial role that universities play in their communities and how we can further build upon that work.

“The Commission’s report complements Cardiff University’s ‘civic mission’ which seeks to improve the health, wealth and wellbeing of our communities.

“It is more important than ever that we stand shoulder to shoulder with our communities and continue to build relationships of mutual benefit.”

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