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Communiversities: what do universities owe their local area?

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At its simplest, a university can be a large local employer. When working with other educational institutions, government and industry, a university can be part of a long-term plan to rejuvenate and improve its community. Either way, an HE institution has an impact on its local area. So how has the idea of civic duty for universities evolved over time – and what place should a university have in its local area?

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