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Universities as Creative Hubs

Universities as Creative Hubs
Universities as Creative Hubs
The paper critically reflects on the notion of ‘Creative Hubs’ from a higher education perspective. In recent years, many universities in the UK have initiated projects to interact and connect with the creative economy locally and regionally. Firstly, this paper reviews the literature on universities engagement with creative hubs. Secondly, drawing on an extensive desktop mapping of practices in the UK, it develops a framework to understand the modes and practice of engagement of higher education institutions in the establishment and management of ‘creative hubs’ within or attached to their institutions. This includes outlining seven types of university creative hubs, reflecting on different dimensions, and exploring the distribution and institutional aims. Thirdly, a common approach around “managed interventions” is highlighted to raise some of the tensions and areas for further debate and discussion. These include the relationship with existing research and teaching agendas, the extent to which they connect with existing forms of creative (hub) activity, and issues of inclusivity and accessibility.
Ashton, Daniel
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Ashton, Daniel
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Ashton, Daniel (2020) Universities as Creative Hubs. Western Sydney University School of Sciences, Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia.

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The paper critically reflects on the notion of ‘Creative Hubs’ from a higher education perspective. In recent years, many universities in the UK have initiated projects to interact and connect with the creative economy locally and regionally. Firstly, this paper reviews the literature on universities engagement with creative hubs. Secondly, drawing on an extensive desktop mapping of practices in the UK, it develops a framework to understand the modes and practice of engagement of higher education institutions in the establishment and management of ‘creative hubs’ within or attached to their institutions. This includes outlining seven types of university creative hubs, reflecting on different dimensions, and exploring the distribution and institutional aims. Thirdly, a common approach around “managed interventions” is highlighted to raise some of the tensions and areas for further debate and discussion. These include the relationship with existing research and teaching agendas, the extent to which they connect with existing forms of creative (hub) activity, and issues of inclusivity and accessibility.

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Published date: 2020
Venue - Dates: Western Sydney University School of Sciences, Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia, 2020-03-05

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Local EPrints ID: 439579
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/439579
PURE UUID: 70766132-5903-4753-af54-5b8ca7b859a8
ORCID for Daniel Ashton: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3120-1783

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Date deposited: 27 Apr 2020 16:31
Last modified: 13 Dec 2021 03:15

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