Be Inspired…

Here you will find a series of inspiring civic case studies to support you on your institution’s civic journey.

We would like to thank all institutions, partners, and colleagues who have supported the production of this suite of resources.

Learn about the University of Wolverhampton’s approach to a community research project that aims to build the research capacity of their local community as a means of addressing long-standing social issues.

Poverty Truth Commissions seek to ensure that those with lived experience of poverty are at the heart of decisions about how to tackle poverty. Commissions do this by bringing together these ‘experts through experience’ with civic and business leaders in a locality to build relationships and explore issues of poverty together

Learn more here.

Learn more about Cardiff University’s partnership with the Grangetown neighbourhood.

A collaboration between the University of Exeter and the Cornwall Council’s Environment Service exploring how engagement with local communities can promote the role of public green spaces in climate mitigation.

Learn how Staffordshire University & Expert Citizens – a Community Interest Company based in Stoke-on-Trent – collaborated on a participatory research project exploring experiences of hardship in the city.

Learn more about this participatory research method, and how Thames Futures – a collaboration between the Young Foundation and Barking Riverside London (BRL) – created a community-led vision for an area undergoing regeneration in London.

Learn about the Priority Setting in Partnership method, which enables communities to identify the most important issues and burning questions they have about their local area.

The Young Foundation explored the impact of Covid-19 on community businesses in England. Learn more about how they identified needs and learning from a community of practice.

Learn how UCLAN played their part in the community wealth building programme led by Preston City Council, with support from the Centre for Local Economic Strategies.

Further Resources

Explore other resources from the Civic University Network, including toolkits, video case studies, and our dynamic guide to creating a Civic University Agreement.

Guide to Creating a CUA
Member Toolkits