The University in its Place

Social and Cultural Perspectives on the Regional Role of Universities

  • John Brennan
  • Allan Cochrane
  • Yann Lebeau
  • Ruth Williams

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Contexts: Do Universities Make a Difference?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. John Brennan, Allan Cochrane, Yann Lebeau, Ruth Williams
      Pages 3-12
    3. John Brennan, Allan Cochrane, Yann Lebeau, Ruth Williams
      Pages 13-31
    4. John Brennan, Allan Cochrane, Yann Lebeau, Ruth Williams
      Pages 33-57
  3. Making a Difference: To What and To Whom?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. John Brennan, Allan Cochrane, Yann Lebeau, Ruth Williams
      Pages 61-74
    3. John Brennan, Allan Cochrane, Yann Lebeau, Ruth Williams
      Pages 75-86
    4. John Brennan, Allan Cochrane, Yann Lebeau, Ruth Williams
      Pages 87-103
    5. John Brennan, Allan Cochrane, Yann Lebeau, Ruth Williams
      Pages 105-123
  4. Conclusions and Implications: Making a Better Difference

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. John Brennan, Allan Cochrane, Yann Lebeau, Ruth Williams
      Pages 127-139
    3. John Brennan, Allan Cochrane, Yann Lebeau, Ruth Williams
      Pages 141-149
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 151-154

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

higher education institutional institutions interventions partnership policies regional role role of universities social change social impact social impact of universities transformation universities

Authors and affiliations

  • John Brennan
    • 1
  • Allan Cochrane
    • 2
  • Yann Lebeau
    • 3
  • Ruth Williams
    • 4
  1. 1.The Open UniversityMilton KeynesUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.The Open UniversityMilton KeynesUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.School of Education and Lifelong LearningUniversity of East AngliaNorwichUnited Kingdom
  4. 4.The Open UniversityMilton KeynesUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1296-3
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-94-024-1294-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-024-1296-3
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