University of Liverpool

Why we've signed the Manifesto

"The University of Liverpool was founded nearly 130 years ago with a civic duty to engage in the life of the city and a mission for the ‘advancement of learning and ennoblement of life’. Signing the NCCPE manifesto is an expression of our commitment to draw upon this heritage and bring renewed impetus to the University’s civic purpose, reflecting the demands of today’s globalised, knowledge-driven society."

Professor Sir Howard Newby, Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool

"The University views engagement as an underpinning ethos – a way in which we go about our business – rather than an add-on activity. Effective relationships with people and organisations from a broad range of sectors and backgrounds enable us to extend our reach and increase our impact. They also provide our students and staff with truly rewarding experiences and a whole range of distinctive opportunities to achieve research and teaching excellence."

Professor Dinah Birch, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange, University of Liverpool

"The rich and varied contributions of the University’s staff and students to the Liverpool City Region go beyond research, higher learning and the physical limits of the campus to help drive economic growth and make it a better place in which to live. However, the University does not wish to make assumptions about its position and role: its ambition to make a difference must be grounded in an understanding of how its strengths can best serve society – the manifesto makes this pledge real."

John Flamson, Director of Partnerships and Innovation, University of Liverpool

Our approach to public engagement

University of LiverpoolCivic engagement is one of the University’s priority ambitions under its new Knowledge Exchange strategy and it has a strong portfolio of existing activities, including:

  • A lead role in growing the City Region’s knowledge economy
  • Public policy research, focusing on issues of relevance to Liverpool with global implications, such as the Liverpool Health Inequalities Research Institute
  • A growing programme of events for the public to engage with research, including the Policy Provocations and Science and Society series
  • A host of initiatives enabling students to make a difference, giving their time and expertise via the Liverpool Law Clinic, Interchange and volunteering opportunities
  • A long-standing commitment to Widening Participation and raising aspirations, both in schools and across the community
  • A broad range of facilities for the public, including the Victoria Gallery and Museum, Sports Centre and Ness Gardens


Name: Matthew Cliff

Title: Public Engagement Manager, The University of Liverpool

Tel: 0151 794 2335