The UPP Foundation Civic University Commission is a major new independent inquiry into the future of the civic university: how can universities most successfully serve their place in the 21st century?
Analysis and Insight
Our Commissioners – including national and international Vice Chancellors; leading academics; leaders in schools and cultural institutions; student representatives; and those involved in local and national government – will offer their thoughts on the role of the civic university as the Commission progresses.
The Civic University Commission is holding oral evidence sessions in three major cities, alongside associated roundtables and events held in universities across the country.
About the Commission
Universities are facing a host of challenges. Politicians and commentators from all sides are asking fundamental questions about their purpose, whether they provide ‘value for money’, and whether they serve students and taxpayers. The Commission is an attempt to shift the debate on higher education, but it has a more fundamental and practical purpose. Universities will exist for centuries (indeed many already have) – far beyond any piece of government legislation or headline in the papers. The Commission will look at how, concretely, universities can serve their place as well as play a global role.
To do this, the Commission wants to understand how civic universities operate today, how they operated in the past, and how they should operate in the future. We are looking at evidence from a wide range of sources including public opinion; expert witnesses and written evidence; and historical and current research.