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University Joins Pledge

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The University of Salford has pledged to put the economy and quality of life in the city region top of its list of priorities.

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

The agreement forms a key recommending in a report published by the Civic University Commission set up by the UPP Foundation.

The report sets out how universities have the opportunity and responsibility to help solve major problems in their local communities. These responsibilities include helping industry adapt to technological change, boosting health and training new leaders in politics, the professions and the arts.

Deputy vice-chancellor of the University of Salford, Richard Brabner, said the University was increasingly aligned with the region through its industrial collaboration hubs in digital and creative, engineering and environments, sport, and health and well-being.

He said: "As another example, we've announced an £800m investment in a city masterplan with Salford City Council to look at the whole area around our campus and along Chapel Street. There are cultural strategic hubs embedded within that masterplan. So we are seriously investing in that space and in placemaking."

The report also highlights the dangers of reduced funding, suggesting cuts to tuition fees could lead to work already being done being slashed.