Conclusion: Towards the Reflective University

  • Carolyn KaganEmail author
  • John Diamond
Part of the Rethinking University-Community Policy Connections book series (REUNCOPOCO)


In this chapter we draw out some of the implications of the previous discussions and policy analyses, situating these in contemporary social contexts. We propose that rather than seeing universities as anchor institutions, they are viewed as reflective organisations that are responsive to external agendas and relationships. The current power imbalance that characterises nearly all university–community engagement could be redressed by emphasising, instead, community–university engagement, and supporting the moves towards scholar activism as a model for engagement that celebrates the bringing together of different forms of knowledge to address important social issues.


University–community Anchor Transformation Activist scholars Reflective 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK
  2. 2.Edge Hill UniversityOrmskirkUK

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