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Universities as anchor institutions in cities in a turbulent funding environment: vulnerable institutions and vulnerable places in England

John Goddard, Mike Coombes, Louise Kempton and Paul Vallance

in Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society

Volume 7, issue 2, pages 307-325
Published in print July 2014 | ISSN: 1752-1378
Published online April 2014 | e-ISSN: 1752-1386 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cjres/rsu004

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The paper examines universities as anchor institutions in the context of a major upheaval in the funding of English higher education. The various components of these changes are combined into a multivariate indicator of institutional vulnerability for universities in England. This is then linked to a classification of university cities to identify the most vulnerable institutions in the most vulnerable places with the greatest dependence on higher education. The paper concludes with a discussion of the need for sensitivity to issues of place in any forthcoming restructuring of English higher education arising from the funding changes.

Keywords: universities; anchor institutions; vulnerable institutions; vulnerable places; English universities; English cities; C38; H52; I23; R12

Journal Article.  10911 words. 

Subjects: Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables ; National Government Expenditures and Related Policies ; Education and Research Institutions ; Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics