Social inclusion and active citizenship
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This chapter explores the significance of the possible contribution by universities to social inclusion and active citizenship. It notes the influence of different policy agendas and acknowledges the insights of other studies. However, it draws particularly on the learning from the PASCAL Universities and Regional Engagement (PURE) studies across several regions to highlight the different kinds of contributions which can be made by universities. The PURE project has demonstrated an ordinary array of regional and community engagement activities, many of which are aimed in one way or another at contributing to social justice, increasing social cohesion and strengthening democracy. Online delivery is of increasing importance, and in Northern Illinois the PURE project identified the importance of network learning which offers various means of gaining access to information. Governments establish diverse policy settings within which their higher education institutions must then operate.

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