Making a transformational difference
It is our mission to work with local citizens and regional bodies to make a transformational difference on issues that matter to them.
Aston University signs Civic University Agreement, watch the video below:
View our Civic University Agreement and Network below:
Key themes that we focus on:
To work with local citizens and regional bodies to make a transformation difference on issues that matter to them - marrying our world-leading research with the needs of local communities to co-produce effective solutions.
Citizens at the centre
Use our convening power to bring partners together for the benefit of the city
Amplify impact through collaboration
Aston University celebrated the official launch of its civic agreement with strategic partners from the city and region at an event hosted by Aston Villa Football Club on Wednesday 8 June.
Aston University’s agreement sets out its commitment to wide-ranging collaborations on a range of themes centred around the recovery of the city and its citizens after COVID-19 through initiatives on improving health and wellbeing, reducing inequalities, support for businesses, environment and sustainability, crime and justice, and education and employment.
We're proud to say that we're one of the 'greenest' universities in the UK and are ranked in the top 10 of the 2019 People and Planet University Green League. In 2020, we were named the Guardian University of the year, with judges noting that sustainability has been embedded into the Aston Culture. In the same year, we won the Guardian's 'Buildings that Inspire' category, which celebrates our newly build student-centred students' union building. Both staff and students were involved throughout the project, resulting in the new building reflecting the needs of a bigger, more diverse and modern student body that genuinely cared about sustainability and inclusivity. Made of sustainable wood, the building incorporates a low-carbon heating system drawing energy from more than 100 solar panels.
How we've embedded sustainability
Go Green Champions are chosen from teams across the University, Conference Aston and Student Union and work hard to improve our sustainability at Aston and get involved in our Go Green Workbook.
Sustainability is key for the university and we are focussing particularly on delivering 1. Sustainable Campus; 2. Sustainable Communities; 3. Sustainable Development in Academic Activities’
We're proud to say that we are signatories to the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement's (NCCPE) Manifesto for Public Engagement.
Each of our Colleges has a public engagement lead who works within their College to define their public engagement strategy and to encourage staff and students to engage in an impactful way with the public.