Key recommendations

Permeability is the new lens which should reframe the purpose of universities in the 21st  Century:

The permeable university removes barriers to interaction both within the institution and beyond it. Permeability should be the new lens which reframes the historic, core activities of universities; across organisational and national boundaries, between different groups and communities, technologies, and disciplines. This will require a rethinking at every level from the system and policy framework within which universities operate through to the governance of institutions and what they deliver.

Permeability is an approach, a method for redevelopment of the higher education environment, a way of doing which institutions, governing bodies and sector organisations can use to re-find purpose and values, to educate, to research and to engage more widely.