Civic Mission

USW is committed to the Welsh Government's Civic Mission guidelines and to supporting the Well-Being for Future Generations Act (Wales) 2015. The University is responding to the changing political landscape, ​and enhancing the ways it interact​s with, support​s and develop​s the communities ​that surround it. 

USW is leading the way in improving the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of the people of Wales.

​In 2019/20, it conducted an audit of its civic engagement activity with support from HEFCW's Innovation and Engagement Fund. The case studies below show the how the University's research outputs are having a direct impact on the South Wales community. 

By working alongside community leaders, cultural organisations, the Government and the third sector, they showcase how the University is working to promote social cohesion in the area, developing the health and well-being of its people, and representing South Wales in both national and international discourses.

Key priorities

  • To work collaboratively with civic organisations, while using our expertise, experience and resources to deliver social, cultural and economic innovation.

  • Develop links with schools. To help raise standards of education in Wales through leadership and governance.

  • Encourage active citizenship. Work with members of the community to develop leadership skills, collaborative working, communication and critical thinking, while influencing them to participate actively in social, political and cultural conversations.

  • Promote social innovation by bridging the gap between academic research and the people of Wales. To draw upon our expertise as a means of supporting local businesses and creating jobs within the local community.


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