Sheffield Hallam University has opened a public consultation as it bids to better support the local community.
The Heart of the Region campaign, launched on November 18, encourages people living in the area to complete a short survey suggesting ways in which the institution could be a constructively helpful neighbour.
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The initiative follows the university’s earlier signing of the Civic University Agreement, in which signees vow to put the economy and quality of life in the local community at the top of its list of priorities.
“Sheffield Hallam has a vital role to play in our region,” said vice-chancellor, Professor Sir Chris Husbands.
“We develop skills, we nurture innovation and we transform lives – but we also have an incredibly important civic responsibility.
The university is already a key player in many community-based schemes in the area, including South Yorkshire Futures, a social mobility partnership looking to improve education and boost aspiration for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
“We want to be a beacon for what a university can do for and with its community,” added Professor Husbands.