Public Engagement

Our Civic University Agreement

As a university, we recognise that we don’t exist in isolation. Every university has a place where it is rooted, and there are communities who live and work around that university. Those communities are impacted by their university neighbours economically, socially, culturally and environmentally. 

Increasingly, universities are being called upon to recognise their place and role within the local society in which they reside. Queen Mary has always been proud to be part of east London, committed to being a good neighbour and playing an active role in society. To reaffirm this commitment, we are developing a Civic University Agreement (CUA) and we are a founding member of the Civic University Network – bringing universities across the UK together to share best practice 

This Civic University Agreement will act as a civic strategy for the work of Queen Mary in the future—outlining our plans for working with and for the local area. This agreement will be co-created with local partners in response to the needs and opportunities of those living and working in east London. 

Development of Queen Mary’s Civic University Agreement 

To ensure that we develop an agreement that meets the needs of our east London communities, we are undertaking several phases of work focussing on listening and collaboration. If you would like to find out how you can get involved, use the tabs below, or contact 

Community Listening

Queen Mary carried our a community listening campaign to seek the views of residents, communities and organisations across east London as to the pressures they are facing, gather insights into how Queen Mary could help address these societal challenges, and identfy opportunities for working together.

This campaign was a collaboration between Queen Mary's Centre for Public Engagement and London Citizens and gathered views through:

  • One-to-one interviews with community leaders
  • Focus groups with organisations
  • An online survey shared across east London boroughs


Focus Area Development

We have also commissioned an analysis of Queen Mary’s local economic and social impact. We will use the insights gathered from this analysis and the community listening project to focus in on a series of key areas, in collaboration with stakeholders from across Queen Mary and east London.  

Co-creating the Agreement

Queen Mary will work collaboratively with residents, businesses and organisations within east London to co-create a Civic University Agreement addressing the needs of, and opportunities in, east London

We plan to launch Queen Mary’s co-created Civic University Agreement in 2021