Corporate Social Responsibility
Our Strategy is 'PROUD of Leicester', because we are very proud of the city and region and our role within it. But PROUD is also an acronym of five key themes we have selected to inform our plans.
Promoting health and wellbeing
Parts of Leicester have a significantly lower life expectancy than the national average and some of our BME communities experience much higher levels of certain types of disease, such as diabetes and heart disease. Our new Centre for Medicine will help tackle some of these issues and we are already creating opportunities for local communities to get involved in research, trials and consultations about what we do in the future.
Restoring our environment
Leicester has one of the poorest levels of air quality in the UK. Our work on tackling air pollution is ground-breaking and we are already working in partnership with Leicester City Council on its Air Quality Action Plan. We are also keen to work with local groups who have feasible plans to improve air quality.
Opening access to culture and heritage
As one of the most culturally diverse cities in the UK, access to culture and heritage is a priority for many within our local communities. Through our Museum Studies, Archaeology and English Departments, we have already worked closely with our local communities.
Upskilling for the 21st century
For some communities in Leicester, low academic performance is the norm. There is also a skills shortage in some sectors, mainly STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), that will prevent economic growth. 70% of local SMEs (Small and medium-sized enterprises) are currently predicting growth but need skilled staff. Working with local schools, charitable organisations and local companies will therefore be an integral part of our CSR function.
Developing children and young people.
Leicester has one of the highest rates of child poverty in the country. Some 26,000 children under the age of 19 live in poverty. Through student volunteering and schemes such as STEMNET, we are already helping young people develop skills to help them progress in later life.
Whether you are a student, member of staff or member of our local community, we would like to hear from you about your ideas for CSR and PROUD.