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Rural campuses need bespoke measures of impact


Conventional metrics overlook how satellite institutions connect universities and their communities, says David Charles

The expansion of higher education has led to increasing demand for campuses in underserved areas, be they rural or in former industrial towns, providing educational opportunities and support for regeneration. 

Such campuses often exist in a precarious state, however. They need to justify their continued existence but they also need different ways to assess their local contribution than conventional city-based campuses. 

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