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November forum: The Universities Partnership in Leicestershire: ambitions and next steps in education for all

10th November 2022 @ 6:15 pm 7:15 pm

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About the November Forum presented by Fi Donovan (De Montfort University)

What is the Universities Partnership and what does it mean for higher education and the ‘civic university’?

This forum will interest those who want to find out more about the activities and aims of the Universities Partnership in Leicestershire.  It will also appeal to those who are interested more broadly in the concept of the ‘civic university’ and its role in promoting widening participation and reawakening adult education within the university sector.

In June 2022 the three Universities in Leicestershire joined with local government to form the Universities Partnership (https://universitiespartnership.org/). Such local partnerships are a central element in the strategy of the Civic Universities Network (https://civicuniversitynetwork.co.uk/), a national organisation founded in response to the exploration  by the Civic University Commission chaired by Lord Kerslake (2018-9). This important Commission examined what it means to be a Civic University in the 21st Century and its first publication was a progress paper focussed on reigniting adult education in the UK.

Fi Donavan (De Montfort University) will lead the session. She will present the overarching actions which have been undertaken as part of the Civic University Agreement since its formation. She will also signpost how to get involved in the partnership. 

About the presenter

Fi Donovan is Head of Engagement & Partnerships at De Montfort University and her institution’s lead for the education strand of the local Universities Partnership.

About the Vaughan Open Research Forums

Vaughan Open Research Forum is series of talks, workshops and interactive sessions which are open to anyone who is curious and wants to find out more.

Themes for sessions relate to our core teaching topics, arts, humanities, social sciences and counselling, and also discuss adult education and co-operative issues. The Vaughan Open Research Forums take place on the second Thursday of the month.


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November forum: The Universities Partnership in Leicestershire: ambitions and next steps in education for all

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