Two universities in Tyneside have published a civic agreement with the city of Newcastle and the region beyond.
Newcastle and Northumbria universities announced the partnership deal as a gangplank of their Collaborative Newcastle project with the NHS, local government, voluntary and community sector.
Collaborative Newcastle includes a net-zero greenhouses gases project at the universities, which aims to also help advance the city-wide action plan on lowering emissions. The universities are also undertaking a healthcare innovation project in partnership with the NHS and an ‘IntoUniversity’ scheme to support disadvantaged students who aspire to HE.
The universities combined comprise over 10,000 staff and 50,000 students. The civic agreement aims to focus on “people, planet, prosperity” by seeking and building partnerships between the universities and the public, private, cultural and voluntary sectors in Newcastle.
As universities – and major employers – we play a key part in this, both through our world-class research, our students and through the contribution we make to our local communities and the regional economy
– Chris Day, Newcastle University
Prof Chris Day, vice-chancellor of Newcastle University said: “We know that by working together we can be greater than the sum of our parts, providing greater benefits to communities not just to support economic and social recovery, but to build a sustainable and more inclusive future.
“The pandemic has shown us what we can achieve when organisations pull together, drawing on our collective strength and expertise to take us through the crisis and build back stronger and fairer.
“As universities – and major employers – we play a key part in this, both through our world-class research, our students and through the contribution we make to our local communities and the regional economy.”
“Given the challenges of the last 18 months, it has never been more important that we work collectively to take on the opportunities and challenges of a post-pandemic future,” said Prof Andrew Wathey, vice-chancellor of Northumbria University.
He continued: “This agreement combines the strengths of Newcastle’s two research-rich universities, together with the other key institutions in the city, working together to address the needs of Newcastle and the North East.
“Through this collaboration, our collective world-leading research, ability to attract outstanding students from all walks of life, and support for talented and highly-skilled graduates will have an even greater impact on our communities, as well as on the national and international reputation of Newcastle.”