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Higher education and regional transformation in the UK: social and cultural perspectives

Parker, Lynn and Williams, Ruth (2011). Higher education and regional transformation in the UK: social and cultural perspectives. Journal of Adult and Continuing Education, 17(1) pp. 130–148.

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Abstract

This paper draws on an Economic and Social Research Council-funded project that explored the role of UK universities in regional processes of social and cultural transformation. The Higher Education and Regional Transformation (HEART) project explored the effects that universities have on the social and cultural lives of their local and regional communities using four case study universities. In particular it focused on socially disadvantaged and excluded groups, typically those segments of the population living in the most deprived areas and those belonging to lower socio-economic groups. It builds on previous research – specifically Brennan et al (2006) and Duke et al (2006). The paper first sets the context against which the project was developed. It discusses the project’s method and operational concepts, one of which – embeddedness – is illustrated using one of the case study universities, Teesside University. It then concludes with some of the findings that have emerged from the analysis of the four case studies that formed the basis of the research.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2011 Manchester University Press
ISSN: 1477-9714
Keywords: universities’ contribution to regional development; embeddedness; local engagement; social disadvantage
Academic Unit/Department: Centre for Higher Education Research and Information (CHERI)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 28771
Depositing User: Ruth Williams
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2011 08:32
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2012 02:34
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/28771
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