Professor William Whyte is appointed to the UPP Foundation Civic University Commission

Date 21 March 2018

The new Commission seeks to address how universities can combine global achievement and ambition with serving their local communities.

Reverend Professor William WhyteProfessor William Whyte is a Commissioner on the newly established UPP Foundation Civic University Commission, which is bringing together figures from the world of academia, business, civil society and internationalisation to address two fundamental questions: how can universities be both local and global; and what should a civic university in the 21st century look like?

The UPP Foundation Civic University Commission takes as its inspiration the creation of many of the 19th-century universities, and will investigate how universities today can be most effectively rooted in their place, while sustainably maintaining an international focus, both on students and research. The panel is chaired by Lord Kerslake, former Head of the Civil Service. It is expected to launch a report towards the end of 2018, with substantive policy recommendations for government and for universities.

Professor Whyte is Professor of Social and Architectural History and author of Redbrick, the History of Britain's Civic Universities (OUP, 2015).

UPP Foundation Civic University Commission