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The rise of the remote metropolitan branch campus – Definitions, motivations and models

Hickey, Rob ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1856-7470 and Healey, Nigel ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6553-4095 (2024) The rise of the remote metropolitan branch campus – Definitions, motivations and models. Higher Education Quarterly.

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This paper explores the concept of the university remote metropolitan branch campus (RMBC). Drawing on approaches used to frame international branch campuses, it proposes a first definition for an RMBC, distinguishing it from a wider group of domestic ‘Satellite Campuses’ that includes multi‐campus universities within regions. Using interviews with 10 RMBC directors in London, it explores motivations for their creation and approaches used to organise and resource these ventures, as well as to attract and teach students. It concludes that the dominant reasons for creating RMBCs relate to financial diversification, reputation, reach and business engagement, but that in some cases the repositioning of an RMBC has been strategically reactive in response to external changes in its operating environment. Whilst there is evidence for a range of organisational models amongst London‐based RMBCs, there are key commonalities around the students attracted, the programmes offered and approaches to teaching and learning. RMBCs in London are growing and thriving, but face challenges from market entrants and uncertain future UK Government policy.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/hequ.12522
School/Department: Vice Chancellor's Office
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/9847

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