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Portsmouth Signs up to Nationwide Agreement

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Portsmouth University has signed up to a nationwide agreement to help the city's economy and the quality of life for its residents.

The university has joined 30 other institutions from across the UK in committing to the Civic University Agreement.

The University will work with local government, employers, schools and colleges to help drive forward economic and social improvement.

Commenting on the agreement, vice-chancellor, Professor Graham Galbraith, said: "Our university is extremely proud of the role we play in the economic and cultural life of this great city and we are determined to do our part to ensure that the city and region have a successful future."

The university signed up to the agreement after a report published by the Civic University Commission identified how universities can support communities to address socioeconomic issues.

Lord Kerslake said: "The deep economic and social changes that are happening in Britain today have made the civic role of universities even more vital to the places they are located in. Universities need to be part of a community which is engaged, supportive and shares objectives."

The agreement will help strengthen relationships between the University and the city's schools and will include campus-based activities for pupils, thereby providing an insight into university life.

Professor Galbraith added: "We already do a great deal, not least our partnership with Portsmouth Football Club, but the report's recommendations give us the basis for discussion with partners for what else might be possible. I believe that it is vital to the University and city that we play a role in raising aspirations and attainment in schools."