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Strengthen universities and colleges’ civic role

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We will strengthen universities and colleges’ civic role.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2019, p.37

Our verdict

  • This policy sets out to strengthen the relationship between universities and colleges and their local communities.
  • The government has delivered £50,000 in funding for the Civic University Network, formed in March 2020, which aims to “develop and embed civic aspirations at an institutional level” and ensure that universities “drive positive societal change”.  Government representatives also sit on the network’s funding and advisory groups.
  • The Civic University Network is in its infancy, but the government has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to its work – this policy is ‘in progress’.

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