Civic Hub

Welcome to our Civic Hub! This is the one-stop shop for all things Civic and the best place to find out about all the fantastic projects and initiatives we're involved in. 

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Here you can read our Civic University Agreement, follow our Civic news, find out about important research that's underway, and read about the real difference this is all making to local communities and individuals. 

We are delighted to be a Civic University and proud of the positive impact we are making across the city and county. We are also thankful for all of the support we receive from stakeholders, partners and the signatories of the Civic University Agreement, who are all working hard to make Derby and Derbyshire the best places to live, work and study. 

The main image on this page, by Grant Archer, shows our Over to You project. This project places community voice at the heart of arts and culture in Derby. It is produced by Derby CAN (Creative Arts Network), part of the University-owned Derby Theatre. And, in September 2022, Over to You brought together communities, artists and a circus tent in Markeaton Park to celebrate the city of Derby, local people and performance.

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Civic University Agreement

Our Civic University Agreement reaffirms our ongoing commitment to playing our part in the prosperity and wellbeing of the city of Derby and the county of Derbyshire.

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Civic Community Funding

Find out about our new funding grant, why we have created this opportunity and how to apply.

Civic Community Funding

Our Civic work

As a Civic University we are involved in a wide range of projects and initiatives that are making a real difference to local communities and individuals – opening doors to opportunities, raising aspirations and helping to transform lives.

The five goals set out within the Civic University Agreement have been developed in direct response to both the challenges and opportunities facing Derby, Derbyshire and the communities within it. They are designed to make a long-lasting positive impact on the city and county, bringing benefits to many. 

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Public Engagement

Public engagement is core to our civic activity. Across various projects and activities regionally, the University welcomes members of the public to get involved as participants, co-researchers and audiences, contributing to the cultural, social and economic vibrancy of our region.  

In recognition of our excellence in public engagement, the University of Derby was awarded a Bronze National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) Watermark Award in 2022.

Our latest civic news

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Breakdancer Kid Karam has delivered a special masterclass at the city’s Saturday Club, run by the University of Derby.

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A new fund to support local groups, organisations and individuals is now open. The University of Derby is inviting applications from anyone in Derbyshire who is seeking funding and would like to work in partnership with the University to bring their ideas to life. 

Professor Keith McLay

Professor Keith McLay, Provost - Learning & Teaching at the University of Derby, has been appointed as the new Chair of Derby Book Festival.

Councillor Tricia Gilby and Professor Kathryn Mitchell

The University of Derby and Chesterfield Borough Council have signed a new strategic partnership agreement to establish a closer working relationship and recognise shared ambitions between the two organisations. 

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A leading Derby child protection expert and the founder of a charity supporting vulnerable women are among those receiving honorary degrees from the University of Derby later this month.

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Our civic and public engagement team

You can contact us for advice, or to find out more about how to get involved or to support our work. We also support business development and training and offer a wide range of opportunities.

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Civic University Agreement signatories

We are delighted to be working in partnership with these signatories to deliver on the ambitions set out in the Civic University Agreement.  

Each signatory plays a key role in securing a sustainable and prosperous future for our city, county and people within it.

Our signatories

If you would like to find out more about the University and its Civic University Agreement, please do get in touch. You can contact us at and follow our Civic team on Twitter @Derby_Civic.

Spotlight projects

The Cultural Heritage Network brings together stakeholders from across the region to start new conversations and collaborations while sustaining more established ones, and to think about how CivicLAB can work in partnership to support experimentation and engagement in a sector so central to the region’s civic, cultural, social and economic health.

Recent Event

Civic Lab Cultural Heritage Network: Co-Production and Care

Co-production has become something of a buzzword in the museums and heritage sector – and in academia - in the past decade, as practitioners, institutions, funders and audiences have started to reflect more on whose experience is represented and who gets to have a voice (or not) in the shaping of historical narratives. But while there is certainly will to engage in co-production among heritage professionals and academic researchers, in practice, doing it in a way that is non-extractive, non-exploitative and recognises imbalances of power and access is difficult – and arguably should be difficult – as it involves recognising deeply embedded structures and mindsets that have shaped the museum and heritage sector, and even the idea of heritage itself, over hundreds of years.

This panel discussed some recent attempts at co-production in our region. While celebrating successes, they also reflected on the challenges and the difficulties of these projects but also the practical ways in which we can build relationships of care, trust and equity to ensure the wellbeing of all who take part in them.

Speakers Included:

Anisha Parmar is a jewellery designer and artist who challenges the practice of cultural and heritage organisations through creative partnerships. Recent projects have included the Arts council-funded Empowered Adornment: Gold Jewellery Stories and My Adornment is My Power, a collaborative project at Kedleston Hall to reclaim the stories of the jewellery in the South Asian Museum there.

Simran Sandhu is Senior Programming and Partnerships Officer at the National Trust, based at Kedleston Hall.