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Addressing Avoidable Inequalities: The Role of One University in Place-Based Transformational Change

University–Community Partnerships for Promoting Social Responsibility in Higher Education

ISBN: 978-1-83909-439-2, eISBN: 978-1-83909-438-5

ISSN: 2055-3641

Publication date: 24 July 2020

Abstract

This chapter explores one UK university’s influence and involvement as a key partner within the 2025 Movement, a movement for change with a collective vision to tackle avoidable health and housing inequalities by 2025 in North Wales, UK. The approach to building 2025 is founded in systems leadership and social movements resulting in transformational change in the way we work, think and deliver across a region as a collective. The innovative role of the university as a key partner has shifted the perceptions of the university in the region and its capacity to act as an instrument of government, contributing to the political imperative to support communities as part of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. The chapter outlines the principles behind 2025 and the university’s role to date, as illustrated through three case studies: Learning and Leadership; Social Prescribing; and Healthy Homes–Healthy People. The chapter reflects upon the challenges faced and how they have been overcome. Finally, enablers for successful collective working are identified, which have resulted in the university being able to utilize its expertise, energy and education to work in partnership in order to tackle some of the most complex issues facing our communities.

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Taylor, C., Ruddle, N., Perry, K. and Budden, C. (2020), "Addressing Avoidable Inequalities: The Role of One University in Place-Based Transformational Change", Sengupta, E., Blessinger, P. and Mahoney, C. (Ed.) University–Community Partnerships for Promoting Social Responsibility in Higher Education (Innovations in Higher Education Teaching and Learning, Vol. 23), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 47-59. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2055-364120200000023004

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