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Rethinking the ‘third mission’: UK universities and regional engagement in challenging times

Lebeau, Yann and Cochrane, Allan (2015). Rethinking the ‘third mission’: UK universities and regional engagement in challenging times. European Journal of Higher Education, 5(3) pp. 250–263.

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Drawing on the experiences and statements of two universities, this article sets out to relate current trends and discourses of engagement of UK higher education institutions with their regional environment in the context of major policy shifts in higher education and in regional governance. The ‘third mission’ is considered as an aspect of what universities do in place and in relation to other place-based agencies. In this process of exploration, we attempt to identify adjustment behaviours and discourses in contrasting regional contexts and to relate them to the unequal power of universities and to their structural embeddedness in a local socio-economic and policy fabric.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 2156-8243
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Higher Education and Regional Transformation: Social and Cultural Perspectives ES/E017894/1ESRC
Keywords: universities; regional engagement; embeddedness; third mission; marketization
Academic Unit/School: Other Departments > Centre for Higher Education Research and Information (CHERI)
Other Departments
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 43913
Depositing User: Allan Cochrane
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2015 08:34
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2017 12:56
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