Professor Stuart Laing, presenting a memorial lecture, said Sir David held the history of community engagement paramount “firstly because of the requirement to be able to hold present day university leaders to account should they turn away from or disavow the original purposes of their institutions”.
He quoted from one of Sir David’s books: “University leaders can be extraordinarily ignorant (or perhaps just tactically amnesiac) about what their institutions were originally put there to do...”
Stuart Laing, former Deputy Vice-Chancellor and now Professor Emeritus at the university, presented “The precious path of learning, community-university engagement: past, present and future” at the Sallis Benney Theatre, Grand Parade, Brighton, on 19 October.
The evening was hosted by the University of Brighton’s award-winning Community University Partnership Programme (CUPP), which has supported scores of partnership projects over the past 12 years. Each year hundreds of academics, students and community partners work together to produce benefits for the community whilst enriching teaching and research. CUPP now supports other universities in the UK and across the world to develop similar initiatives in their own contexts.