The image of an ivory tower presents universities set apart from their surrounds yet most are physically, socially, culturally economically and environmentally present within cities, towns and neighbourhoods.
James Derounian is a Principal Lecturer in Applied Social Sciences at the University of Gloucestershire. He was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2007. James has a 37-year career in community engagement and academia. His research, consultancy and teaching range across active and blended learning, community and rural development. His latest article Inspirational teaching in higher education: What does it look, sound and feel like? An exploratory research study; is available online in the International Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2017):http://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/ij-sotl/