This paper attempts to identify what lessons can be learned from a student knowledge exchange scheme on Merseyside. What do voluntary and community organisations (VCOs) gain from such collaborations? What do their gains indicate about the policy context in which these organisations
function? And what do the gains demonstrate about the future potential for community/university knowledge exchange schemes? On Merseyside, small VCOs engaged with the scheme in order to generate evidence for sustainability in a competitive marketplace where fragile organisations and the deprived
communities they serve struggle for resources.
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