SRHE International Conference on Research into Higher Education

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Over the past decade, driven by activity in the US, we have witnessed a growing movement of universities re-emphasizing their public mandate through the adoption of anchor strategies delivered through the third mission agenda. The university as an anchor institute has become a key discourse within higher education and urban regeneration initiatives. Yet, the concept of universities as anchor institutions lacks a precise or consistent definition whilst much of the recent ‘anchor’ research has been challenged as boosterism. Alongside these questions of conceptual confusion and research validity also sits a ‘social responsibility’ tension regarding the role of university anchor institutions in addressing issues of oppression, poverty and inequality inherent to many of the urban communities in which the institutions reside or work beside. This paper investigates these factors from the English HE policy perspective with a focus on presenting a socially just conceptual framework for future English university anchor activity.
Period7 Dec 20179 Dec 2017
Event typeConference
LocationNewport, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Anchor institutes
  • Social justice