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Title: Higher Education and Regional Transformation: Social and Cultural Perspectives Allan Cochrane and Ru


1
Higher Education and Regional Transformation
Social and Cultural PerspectivesAllan Cochrane
and Ruth WilliamsImpact Conference, Belfast, 28
January 2009
2
Broad and national contexts
  • OECD, EU, UK policies
  • Beyond human capital theories?
  • The emergence of mode 2 knowledge production
  • Expansion of higher education system
    restrictions on public expenditure
  • Social inclusion and community cohesion
  • Rhetoric of engagement v engagement as core
    value
  • Emergence of university/region/community
    engagement opportunities

3
The HEART project
  • Regional, local, group/community levels of
    analysis
  • Focus on socially disadvantaged groups
  • Conceptual framework notions of embeddedness,
    types of engagement, and impact
  • Methodology
  • The cases

4
Conceptual framework
  • Structural embeddedness
  • - through students, staff, the curriculum
  • - a mirror of the city
  • Community engagement
  • - one way i.e. we engage with them
  • - two way i.e. we learn from each other
  • Types of impact
  • - intended/unintended, direct/indirect,
    positive/negative

5
DIFFERENT and OVERLAPPING VISIONS of
SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION
6
Transforming the region
  • Re-branding the region (making it world class)
  • Bringing the world in
  • Re-skilling the region for local industry and the
    new economy
  • Sustaining the local economy
  • Digital economy, creative and cultural industries

7
Transforming the local population
  • Widening participation
  • Local, socially disadvantaged students
  • Raising aspirations
  • Working with schools etc.
  • Transforming the local culture
  • Students, staff and shopping

8
Community/stakeholder views
  • Local residents support, but limited interaction,
    even where most community oriented
  • Engagement often limited to particular
    programmes, schemes, partnerships (i.e. formal)
  • Voluntary organisations suggest that runs while
    extra funds available and then stops
  • Skills tensions employer demands

9
Intended and unintended
  • Institutional programmes
  • gap between responses to funding councils
    (institutional commitment) and practice at other
    levels, where other institutional and
    professional priorities dominate
  • Difficulty of capturing non-institutional
  • negative (e.g. studentification) and positive
    (e.g. involvement in civil society)

10
Making sense of the uncertainties
  • Institutional differences type of university
    level of dependency on local resources,
    orientation of research, international students
    and staff, location
  • Local contexts different opportunities
  • Internal hierarchies and the problem of managing
  • Organisational survival

11
In but not of the region?
  • Prospects of embeddedness
  • - variation by institutional type?
  • HE landscape competition or power sharing?
  • Staff and students in the city/sub-region
  • Conceptions of engagement agencies v.
    institutions
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