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Nottingham Universities Included in National Inquiry

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Nottingham's two universities will be included in a national inquiry looking into the impact that universities have on their communities.

The UPP Foundation Civic University Commission will investigate how universities contribute to their communities and how they can serve their place in the 21st century.

Lord Kerslake will lead evidence sessions taking place in Manchester, Nottingham and Sheffield.

It's estimated that the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University contribute £1.1bn to the local economy.

The City is also one of few outside London that has two universities with a TEF Gold ranking, which are also included in the top 20 of the Guardian league table of Universities nationally.

University of Nottingham Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Shearer West who will speak at the inquiry, said: "These visits will showcase the huge amount of work Nottingham's universities deliver with our many partners in the city for our local communities."

"In particular our collaboration with Nottingham Trent makes the city a force to be reckoned with in terms of excellence in education and research."

"Universities have existed for centuries and their civic offering has been a key element of that existence. I am interested in what more we can do and how we can continue to combine our global ambitions with our loyalty to the city of which we are proud to be an integral part."

Visits to the university will look at their global role as well as the relationship between universities and schools.

The evidence sessions in Nottingham will include speakers from across the region, including those from Nottingham Forest Football Club, Rolls-Royce Plc and Nottingham City Council amongst others.