So why do we need to develop an agreement on the citizens` university? The Civic Higher Education Agreement is a statement of public intent with clear activities and criteria for success. As part of a dialogue with the university`s board of directors, the university decided, as part of the development of the local engagement strategy, to make a substantial change in the way we work by creating and signing a civic higher education contract. If we learn from the civic engagement already underway, we will work closely with our partners to understand how we can contribute to the ecological, social, cultural and economic well-being of our region. This indicates the need to help develop more structured processes of civic engagement. This implies the need to invest in the catalysing of cultural change throughout the university, to normalize the importance of civic engagement in university life, to improve civic activism that has already taken place and to maximize results. This may include allowing employees to perform activities that do not have an immediate effect on performance metrics. The report was based on index recording sessions across England. The authors also commissioned opinion polls and focus groups in cities and municipalities to hear the public about what they wanted from their local university. Long-term funding for our sector will inevitably have an impact on what we can do and the extent to which we can do it. That includes our civic role. In this constraint, however, this assertion is an obligation for us, as autonomous institutions, to continue to serve the educational, economic and social interests of our communities and our place.
We will continue to incorporate our civic responsibility into the heart of our actions; Research, education or knowledge sharing. We hope that donors will recognize this and continue to support it. In 2019, Newcastle University and the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement held a brief consultation with universities that have worked on citizen agreements. The consultation included interviews and responses to an online survey conducted by 30 institutions. The consultation participants gave three reasons for preparing the CEAs: the university is often one of the largest and most dominant institutions in its place. This force, used correctly, can be used for a considerable good. But it is also worth thinking about the power dynamics of local partnerships and thinking about how to promote successful cooperation with organizations that do not have the resources or agency of a university (particularly relevant for partnerships with civil society, small businesses and grassroots organizations).