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Keele Commits to Supporting Local Community

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Keele University has confirmed its commitment to Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire by pledging to put the economy and quality of life in the local community top of its agenda.

The university has joined 30 other institutions to commit to produce a "Civic University Agreement" in partnership with local government and other major institutions.

The new agreement is a key recommendation in a report published today by the Civic University Commission set up by the UPP Foundation and chaired by the former Head of the Civil Service, Lord Kerslake.

The report sets out how universities like Keele have the capability, opportunity and responsibility to support the places where they are based to solve some of their most pressing and major problems.

Commenting on the pledge, Professor Trevor McMillan, Vice-Chancellor of Keele University, said: "At Keele, we are proud of the collaborative work that we are undertaking with our local partners to tackle some of the major issues affecting the local areas of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire and beyond."

"Our research is amongst some of the best in the world and our student talent is among the most employable in the country. Initiatives such as The New Keele Deal and Keele Deal Culture are enabling us to continue and expand our collaborations with local businesses and organisations, translating this expertise into tangible impacts such as the advancement of new products and services within the healthcare industry, the development of the smart energy technologies of the future, and the creation of innovation-led growth and high-value jobs within the local area."