chapter  11
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e Relationship of Regional Engagement to Universities’ Core Purposes: Reections from Engagement Eorts with Socially Excluded Communities

ByPAUL BENNEWORTH

Placing universities’ regional activities into context therefore requires understanding both how these peripheral activities t together with teaching and research activities, and the comparative strategic emphasis placed on them by university managers. To address this issue, this chapter takes the example of a rather extreme version of regional engagement in the UK, namely engagement with socially excluded communities. e UK provides a situation where there are strong moral duties on universities to engage with these kinds of communities, but simultaneously strong practical barriers to engagement, resulting in an obvious tension between indirect duties and direct commitments.