On overcoming the barriers to regional engagement Reflections from the University of Lincoln

Ahoba-Sam, Rhoda, Charles, David and Salomaa, Maria (2018) On overcoming the barriers to regional engagement Reflections from the University of Lincoln. In: Regional Innovation Policy conference, 26th-27th of October 2017, University of Santiago de Compostela.

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.3990/4.2535-5686.2018.04

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The University of Lincoln, UK, poses a rather compelling case for studying the role of universities in regional development, having developed from a branch campus to a full-range university during its 20 years of existence, and with an aim of responding to regional economic needs by collaborating locally and internationally. We set a two-fold aim to examine the role of the university in fostering regional development and explore the barriers faced. Data from a combination of policy documents, reports and websites were utilised alongside focused interviews undertaken with internal and external stakeholders including staff members, industry partners, a County Council employee and graduates of the university. It is clear that the university actively contributes to regional development through various collaborations including a local business incubator, Sparkhouse. A collaboration with Siemens has created a ‘win-win’ scenario where the university has helped to embed the company through a supply of local graduates whilst also developing research collaboration. Various barriers that hinder the university’s engagement were identified which call for strategizing and a concerted effort from all stakeholders, especially those relating to graduate retention and development of local infrastructure.

Keywords:university, regional development, third mission
Subjects:X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K410 Regional Planning
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:35798
Deposited On:15 May 2019 08:21

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