How can universities be civic-minded?

A host of universities now claim to be ‘civic’. But what does that really mean, and how can we tell?  Over the past year, I have been part of a team at Sheffield Hallam University working to answer these questions. We have been exploring the idea of a ‘civic index’, following on from the Civic University Commission’s […]

Dawn raids and the death of trust

I tend not to have a lot of contact with the police. So when they come into your life twice in a week, you sit up and pay attention. The first time was in the early hours of Sunday morning, when we woke to discover our home had been broken into, the car keys taken […]