University Engagement With Socially Excluded Communities

  • Paul Benneworth

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-1
  2. University Engagement with Socially Excluded Communities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ros Derrett
      Pages 33-46
    3. Ruth Williams, Allan Cochrane
      Pages 67-81
  3. Internal University Transformations for Effective Regional Engagement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Paul Benneworth, David Charles, Catherine Hodgson, Lynne Humphrey
      Pages 85-101
    3. Lynne Humphrey
      Pages 103-124
    4. James Powell, Karl Dayson
      Pages 143-162
  4. Transformations in the Epistemic ‘Idea’ of a University

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Paul Benneworth, Lynne Humphrey
      Pages 165-187
    3. Tim May, Beth Perry
      Pages 199-219
  5. Transformation in the Social Environment for University–Community Engagement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-221
    2. Paul Benneworth, David Charles
      Pages 223-241
    3. Paul Benneworth, Ben Jongbloed
      Pages 243-261
    4. Ben Jongbloed, Paul Benneworth
      Pages 263-283
    5. Elaine Ward, Suzanne Buglione, Dwight E. Giles Jr., John Saltmarsh
      Pages 285-308
  6. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 327-327
    2. Paul Benneworth
      Pages 329-343
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 330-330

About this book


This volume provides insightful analysis of the way higher education engages with socially excluded communities. Leading researchers and commentators examine the validity of the claim that universities can be active facilitators of social mobility, opening access to the knowledge economy for formerly excluded groups. The authors assess the extent to which the ‘Academy’ can deliver on its promise to build bridges with communities whose young people often assume that higher education lies beyond their ambitions. The chapters map the core dynamics of the relationship between higher education and communities which have bucked the more general trend of rapidly rising student numbers. Contributors also take the opportunity to reflect on the potential impact of these dynamics on the evolution of the university’s role as a social institution. The volume was inspired by a symposium attended by a wide spectrum of participants, including government, senior university managers, academic researchers and community groups based in areas suffering from social exclusion. It makes a substantive contribution to an under-researched field, with authors seeking to both shape solutions as well as better diagnose the problem. Some chapters include valuable contextual analysis, using empirical data from North America, Europe and Australia to add substance to the debates on policy and theory. The volume seeks to offer a defining intellectual statement on the interaction between the concept of a ‘university’ and those communities historically missing from higher education participation, the volume deepens our understanding of what might characterise an ‘engaged’ university and strengthens the theoretical foundations of the topic.


Age of engagement Business engagement Civic university Community impact Community partners Educational policy Engaged institutions Engagement mission Excellence in engagement Higher Education Knowledge economy Knowledge society Local leadership Multiple communities Policy instruments Public management Re-engaging Social engagement Societal exchange Societal partners Societal roles

Editors and affiliations

  • Paul Benneworth
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Higher Education Policy, StudiesUniversity of TwenteEnschedeNetherlands

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