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Number of key institutions in Birmingham sign agreements to build positive future for city


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Birmingham City Council has worked in partnership with the city’s universities to develop a joint approach to enhance their local community role.

The agreements will see the universities work jointly with the Council and other local stakeholders to develop and enhance their civic role in Birmingham, their wide-ranging collaborations and their contributions to the city and wider region.

Aston University’s agreement outlines its commitment to working in partnership on issues that matter to citizens and the city, focusing on themes of health and wellbeing, inclusion and reducing inequality, as well as education and employment.

Professor Alec Cameron, Vice-Chancellor of Aston University, said: “Aston University is led by its beneficiaries. This agreement sets out our commitment to wide-ranging collaborations on and beyond our campus.”

Both the University of Birmingham and Aston University are members of the Civic University Network – a new hub to support universities across the UK committed to developing a Civic University Agreement.

In addition to the formal agreements, Newman University, University College Birmingham and Birmingham City University have also worked closely with the Council to develop papers that set out their local engagement approach.

Professor Julian Beer, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Birmingham City University, said: “We have a long-established presence as a place of learning and innovation in Birmingham and are part of the fabric of the city.

“We’re proud of the contribution we make to Birmingham’s social, economic and cultural wellbeing, be that powering our public sector through training teachers, nurses and other healthcare professionals or building links with and supporting the work of businesses in the local community.

“We’re very much of the city and for the city, so are fully committed to continuing this work for Birmingham’s benefit.”


Written by: David Watkins

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