University of the Village


Resource authors: Mike Wilson
Project: The university of the village: universities connecting with rural communities

University of the Village interrogated the barriers facing rural communities in accessing university outreach programmes by exploring new modes of delivery, enhanced through Superfast Broadband. It explored new ways of developing and delivering provision through a partnership model of universities and rural communities working together with internet providers and other local businesses. The project also proposed a learning model which focused upon community, rather than the individual and a creative, co-designed curriculum. The project worked with three village communities – St. Agnes (Cornwall); Ystrad Mynach (Wales); and Fernhurst (Surrey) – over a period of twelve months. The nature of the engagement differed between communities and was subject to the robustness of the broadband service, as well as additional local factors that affected the context of the engagements.

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