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Our place shaping

We believe that universities have a role to play in a fair and democratic society and success for us is not measured solely by league tables but on the wider contribution we make to our place and to society.

Over recent years we have led the way on how communities and universities are now working together to share resources to provide an inspiring and accessible cultural offer to whole communities.

Our Cultural Spring project is encouraging students, residents, businesses, schools, artists and cultural organisations to collaborate on cultural activity and is successfully bringing communities together. And we have taken a lead role in Sunderland’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2021, based on our highly acclaimed contribution to the regional and national cultural agenda.