Universities as creative hubs: modes and practices in the UK context

Daniel Ashton, Roberta Comunian

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The chapter 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 chapter 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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCreative Hubs in Question
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9783030106522
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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