Sue O’Brien, the Director of the GROW Mentoring Programme and Strategic Lead for South Yorkshire Futures, explains the importance of the university’s civic pledges and what it means to the region.
Today, Sheffield Hallam University launched the Civic University Agreement.
Our Civic University Agreement outlines our commitments to our local communities with a focus on:
- economy and jobs
- education and skills
- health and wellbeing
- community and regeneration
Funding to enable children to attend a new Sheffield Hallam University-led community nursery from their second birthday has been secured – providing support for families who need it most.
Earlier in 2021 the Civic University Network issued a blog written by the University of Gloucester, on their purchase of a former Debenhams building, and plans to include community space in its future use.
In a piece written for THE, Richard Calvert, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Sheffield Hallam and Chair of the Civic University Network Partner’s Group explores this theme further and suggests that there has never been a better opportunity for universities to consider how our spaces can facilitate better engagement with our local communities.
Sheffield Hallam’s pioneering GROW mentoring programme, which pairs Year 10,11 and 13 pupils with Hallam graduate mentors, has been highlighted on the Trevor Phillips on Sunday programme on Sky News. Speaking on the programme, project director, Sue O’Brien, said: “If we want to thrive as a nation, we need to invest in our young people.” Watch the clip from 37.40.
Professor Sir Chris Husbands visited Shirecliffe in north-east Sheffield where Sheffield Hallam has partnered with Save the Children, Sheffield City Council, and Watercliffe Meadows School to do something genuinely innovative: the UK’s first university-led Early Years Community Research Centre.
We are delighted to share this report on our recent achievements and continued commitment to improving outcomes for our region’s children and young people.