Civic Engagement: Universities and their Places


John Goddard

Newcastle University

Le jeudi 15 novembre 2018 de 12:15 à 13:45
R42.5.107, Campus du Solbosch

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The talk will explore what it means to be a civic university, globally connected and locally engaged. It will examine the tensions between drivers from within higher education – for example institutional league tables – and those arising from outside the sector for universities to contribute to societal needs – expressed for example in the UN Sustainable Development Goals. A resolution of these tensions is sought by viewing universities as key ‘anchor institutions’ in their communities, combining what they are good at (global excellence criteria) with meeting local needs as an expression of what they good for.  This perspective is set in the context of converging public policy drivers at the European level between the fields of research and innovation, territorial development and higher education. The talk then considers what this convergence means for the leadership and management of institutions that aspire to be civic universities, particularly by embedding engagement with government, business and civil society in the core activities  of teaching and research rather than as a separate and inferior ‘third mission’. It concludes with an example for Newcastle around how the university has worked with partners in dialogue around the shaping the long term future of the City.


John Goddard OBE is Emeritus Professor and Special Advisor to the Vice Chancellor of Newcastle University. He was previously founding Director of the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) and Deputy Vice Chancellor responsible for the University’s engagement with business, the community and the city. John has been a member of the Horizon 2020 Advisory Group on Science With and For Society, an evaluator of the European Institute of Technologies’ Knowledge and Innovation Communities and visiting Fellow at NESTA. He is currently Vice Chair of an independent Commission of enquiry into the role of civic universities in the UK and advisor to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on Smart Specialisation and Science and Innovation Audits. He is co-author of The University and the City and The Civic University: the Policy and Leadership Challenges. In 2012 John received the Lord Dearing Lifetime Achievement Award for Higher Education; in 2015 he was elected a Fellow of the Academia Europaea and in 2018 received an Honorary Doctorate from Hasselt University in Belgium in recognition of his work on civic universities.

John Goddard
John Goddard