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The University in its Place: Social and Cultural Perspectives on the Regional Role of Universities.

Brennan, John; Cochrane, Allan; Lebeau, Yann and Williams, Ruth (2018). The University in its Place: Social and Cultural Perspectives on the Regional Role of Universities. Heidelberg: Springer.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1296-3
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Abstract

This book sets out to understand the significance of geographical context – place – for universities in the globalised setting of the twenty-first century. It examines their social impact on the regions in which they are situated, both from the perspectives of the universities themselves and from the perspectives of a range of different local and regional interest groups. It draws on a national study in the UK which has examined the role played by universities in four contrasting regional contexts. This UK study will be set within the larger theoretical and international literature on the role played by universities in processes of social change and transformation. An important theme of the book is the effects of university activities on various socially disadvantaged groups and consideration is given to whether there are ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ arising from the activities and interventions of universities. The book distinguishes between ‘discourses’, ‘activities’ and their ‘impacts’ in considering the role of universities and emphasises the importance of history and context as important mediators of national and institutional policies. It examines some of the key partnerships which universities enter into within their regions and considers some of the factors which determine the nature of these partnerships. Implications are drawn out for university leaderships and for regional and national policy bodies.

The book provides empirical evidence in a field marked by a considerable amount of rhetoric from interested parties. One of the book’s conclusions is that there is considerable diversity among higher education institutions in how they perform a regional role, but it is a significant question for each of them. Institutional variation and regional setting come together to shape what is achievable.

Item Type: Book
Copyright Holders: 2018 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
ISBN: 94-024-1294-8, 978-94-024-1294-9
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Higher Education and Regional Transformation: Social and Cultural Perspectives (The Heart Project)ES/E017894/1ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
Higher Education And Regional Transformation - Missing links. (VB-09-005-JB)RES-171-25-0034ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
Academic Unit/School: Other Departments > Centre for Higher Education Research and Information (CHERI)
Other Departments
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 53722
Depositing User: Allan Cochrane
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2018 09:10
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:51
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/53722
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