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Universities for Nottingham

The Universities for Nottingham initiative is a pioneering collaboration which brings together the combined strength and civic missions of Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham.

Over the next few years it will improve the way we work with each other and with our local partners to help change the lives of local people for the better.

We have already made huge strides towards this goal following our launch in January 2020.

Individually, we knew that our institutions were actively engaged in thousands of projects aimed at supporting our local communities. But we suspected that much of this activity was complementary. We mapped these overlapping areas and investigated the economic, social and cultural contribution we jointly make to our local area and launched our report in January 2020.

We discovered that once every 22 seconds someone living in Nottingham is trained by, attends a programme run by, visits a facility hosted by, is supported by a student or staff member from, works with a student placed by, or works in a business supported by one of our two universities.

We recognised that where our actions could be better joined-up, the added value would be felt, not just by our institutions but by Nottingham’s businesses, people and society.

"What makes a place a place?"

Nottingham Poet Georgina Wilding introduces the Universities for Nottingham initiative.

What makes a place a place?

Universities for Nottingham Civic Agreement

We began working on the Civic Agreement, our plan for how and what we would work on with partners to make meaningful change in our region.

We accelerated the development of this agreement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Civic Agreement, the first of its kind in the country, was launched in July 2020 and contains more than a dozen initiatives to take place over the coming year, harnessing the collective will of the City and County’s biggest institutions to deliver meaningful change for the people and place of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

It is the result of 400 hours of conversation between over 150 local partners and colleagues across both universities. It sets out an action plan for us to make a difference to the educational opportunity, economic prosperity, health and wellbeing and environmental sustainability of our local communities.

It is deliberately focused on a number of measures, which will be delivered by the universities and the other signatories to help drive economic revival and protect jobs. For example, over the next three years, both universities will continue to work in collaboration with the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, both Councils and other partners to deliver SME and enterprise programmes, which will now be aligned to local COVID-19 recovery plans to support more than 2,000 businesses and create over 1,000 new jobs.

We shared our ambition for collaboration across both universities and our partners at the launch of Universities for Nottingham in January, 2020. At the time we could not have envisaged just how essential that collaboration would be to helping our region recover from one of the toughest global economic and social crises it would face. The Civic Agreement is the result of the universities and our partners pulling together to establish not just what we can achieve together, but how we will set about doing so as we help drive local recovery and strive to build back better.

Professor Edward Peck - Vice-Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University

Find out more about Universities of Nottingham

You can read personal stories about how Nottingham Trent University has positively impacted on residents on the Universities for Nottingham website, where you can also download the Civic Agreement and impact report.

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