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University of Southampton to Champion Culture and Creativity

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Southampton's reputation as a city of culture and creativity has received a boost with the signing of a new agreement between the University of Southampton and Arts Council England (ACE).

The Memorandum of Understanding will see the two institutions embark to further champion the provision of arts and other creativity-focused activities throughout Southampton and the wider region.

The University is already committed to increase access and engagement by placing students, staff and communities at the centre of its plans. This new commitment will result in the University and ACE working directly to embed creativity as an essential part of everyday life.

Among other things, the agreement will lead to additional opportunities for talent development, increasing public understanding of the positive impact of arts and culture, enhancing skills and employability, and delivering a strategic culture agenda with higher education sectors.

Commenting on memorandum, University of Southampton President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, said: "We are very pleased to enter into this new phase of our relationship with Arts Council England. This agreement recognises the importance and value of creativity as an essential part of everyone's lives and will help facilitate using the arts as a way of increasing connectivity throughout our community and region whilst improving the health, well-being and improving life chances for the young people of Southampton."