The civic university agreement commits to moving beyond the status quo for the university, working with local partners to rebuild stronger after the pandemic and address key regional challenges around the economy, health, education, regeneration and our communities.
The deal was officially launched today – Tuesday July 27 – with the backing of South Yorkshire Mayor MP Dan Jarvis, who has committed funding to help implement the plan.
* Provide more opportunities to become an apprentice, offering at least 2,500 fully work-based degree apprenticeships that see tuition fees paid by employers and students earning a salary as they learn.
* A free and subsidized support package for regional SMEs, including advice, training, access to university facilities and support for the development of research and innovation.
* Completed a major redevelopment of a key gateway to Sheffield city center to be completed by the end of 2023, including a new ‘university green’ public space available for everyone to use it and enjoy it.
* Double the annual number of students to become healthcare professionals by 2025, address regional staff shortages and provide more opportunities to start a career in the NHS.
* Expand a successful school mentoring program which enables Hallam graduates to support local school students in their studies, and which has already seen over 1,000 GCSE and A-level students across South Yorkshire benefit .
* Develop a newly opened early childhood community research center in the Shirecliffe area, share best practices regionally and provide a vital community resource for early childhood.
Other actions include working closely with colleges of higher education to develop a post-18 education offer, extending Hallam’s innovation hub to Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park to attract new investment and new jobs, and providing free or paid access to facilities for community and volunteer groups.
The University has identified ‘civic values’ to underpin the plan that include sustainability and climate action, harnessing the power of volunteerism of more than 35,000 students and staff, and a commitment to promote equality, diversity and inclusion.
Sheffield Hallam University Assistant Vice Chancellor Richard Calvert said: “Sheffield Hallam is proud to be a university in the heart of our region. We want to be a beacon of what a university can do for and with its community.
“By working closely with partners across the region, we seek to provide solutions to key regional challenges with the ultimate goal of improving the lives of local people and strengthening the regional economy and skills base.
“The range of civic commitments set out in the new agreement demonstrates our determination to put community at the heart of our daily practice, ensuring that our activities are of maximum benefit to local communities.
“We are at a crucial time as we seek to rebuild stronger after the economic and social challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, and we see our role as an anchor institution in the region as essential to the recovery. and long-term success. ”
South Yorkshire Mayor Dan Jarvis MP has pledged £ 100,000 in funding to help expand the successful GROW school mentoring program. The program, founded in the summer of 2020 with the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, is helping schools cope with the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on young people and their education in South Yorkshire.
The deal is also supported by a range of local partners, including local authorities, the local NHS, other education service providers, the South Yorkshire Combined Authority and the Local Enterprise Partnership.
Speaking at the launch of the Civic University agreement, MP Dan Jarvis said: ‘Since my election as Mayor of South Yorkshire, I have worked closely with important University projects. to improve the lives of local residents.
“To provide funding to help expand Children’s University across South Yorkshire to the newer work to support the GROW mentorship program, which has been a lifeline for so many young people struggling with the disruption of their education during of the last year.
“The University and I share the ambition to renew our region for the benefit of all and I look forward to continuing our important work together. ”
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This notice was published: 2021-07-27 12:20:38