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Civically Engaged Institutions in a Global Landscape

Tuesday 19 October 2021
10:00 – 13:30
University of Bradford Zoom

TIME: 10:00am – 1:30pm UK time

Host: University of Bradford

Universities play a significant role regionally, nationally and globally, and the balancing act in serving and delivering against these often competing agendas can be a challenge. The covid pandemic has increased the need for institutions to demonstrate the impact of their work through their civic credentials. So, what does it mean to think locally and act globally? How can engagement locally benefit our international agendas? How can WTUN harness the local projects at member institutions to enrich the activities and impact of the Network across our collective geographic regions? Professor Zahir Irani, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Bradford will host the day which will feature colleagues from Bradford and showcase sessions from member institutes to demonstrate how we are and, can further, be global change makers.

As well as featuring speakers from the University of Bradford we will hear case studies from the University of Newcastle, Australia, Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand and Coventry University, UK.


Time  Activity
10:00am Professor Shirley Congdon, Vice-Chancellor, University of Bradford

Welcome to WTUC Bradford day

The growing importance of a university to its locality: What is the benefit of civic engagement for our international footprint?



Civic Engagement and Research from strategy to action: The University of Bradford

Panel session:

Bradford’s Economic Recovery: Professor Zahir Irani, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic, Innovation and Quality)

Business and Community Engagement our strategic approach and, Local Research Global Impact:  Professor John Bridgeman, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Innovation and Engagement):

DHEZ: using our innovation space to support our local community – the Covid-19 vaccine trials and healthcare evaluation projects: Dr Liz Breen, Director, DHEZ

Local challenges for student engagement: Professor Sankar Sivarajah, Head of School of Management

Questions or comments from attendees

11:20am Break



Local projects, global impact: Case studies from WTUN Members 

 Case Study 1: The University of Newcastle triple helix conceptualisation, storytelling priority, and indigenous connection  

Engagement and Triple Helix model for Civically Engaged universities—three ripples out: Professor Kent Anderson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global):

Community Partnerships and Storytelling – keeping it real: Tracy Chalk, Chief Marketing Officer

A long-term strategic approach to Indigenous education, research and engagement: Nathan Towney, Pro Vice-Chancellor

Case Study 2: : Beyond the Civic University. Unlocking the anchor’ resources to deliver a new approach to social research and innovation. A case study of the Migration Friendly City programme :Sinead Ouillon, The Resilient City initiative, Coventry University Institute for Peace, Security and Social Justice

Case Study 3:  Developing a Climate Neutral Sustainable Tourism at Khao Yai National Park Asst. Prof. Dr Wipawee Usaha, Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand:

 Case Study 4 : Visualising Heritage, Creating a virtual Bradford: Professor Chris Gaffney, Professor of Archaeology, University of Bradford (UK)

Questions and Answers

1:20pm Closing comments 
1.30pm Event Ends

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