Connected Communities is Staffordshire University’s approach to civic and community engagement that makes a positive difference to our place. Sitting within the Connecting Communities pillar of Staffordshire University’s strategic plan, it specifically focuses on animating our city and regional connections for the economic and social benefit of our place. Connected Communities has a clear mission and vision and sets out a road map towards developing a Civic University Agreement that will be a main driver for our civic impact in the future.
Through Connected Communities, Staffordshire University aims to Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire a great place to live, work and study.
Connected Communities will establish and galvanise partnerships between Staffordshire University and the local community that will improve, empower and inspire communities to work towards the continued improvement of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.
Through Connected Communities we will work together with community, civic and industry partners to:
- help local businesses adapt to technological change
- support the development of higher-level skills in industry
- improve the health, wellbeing and quality of life of local people
- improve access to quality education for school pupils and adult learners
- develop new community and civic leaders in every field of public life
Connected Communities is built on three operational pillars: Co-creation, Community Giving, and Place Shaping, demonstrating our commitment to working in partnership with others, sharing our resources and benefiting our place. The vision is informed by the voice of our key stakeholders though our Staffs CAN, resulting in an annual programme of civic activities, teaching and research that is responsive to local need, aspirational for our place and impactful for our communities.
Staffs Civic Advisory Network (CAN)
Connected Communities is fuelled by our commitment to co-creation, and is driven by the proposed Civic Advisory Network (CAN), which includes the voice of our key community and civic partners: students, staff, members of the public, community organisations, alumni, and civic and industry partners. Our approach will be collaborative, and evidence based, and while our activities will have a significant impact locally, learning from our approach will inform civic engagement practice across the globe.