This project, supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, was about unlocking the potential of universities to support hard-pressed communities in difficult times. It aimed to encourage and challenge the universities to use their considerable resources to engage more fully and deeply with disadvantaged communities and respond to the issues facing them. Such engagement can undoubtedly benefit universities as well as communities.
A comprehensive questionnaire survey of all universities in the UK has been undertaken (85% return), followed by in-depth case studies of 30 universities. The research sought out good practice and identified barriers and opportunities. The project was led by Professor Fred Robinson, supported by Ian Zass-Ogilvie and Professor Ray Hudson, the University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
The report is available on the JRF website.