Over 1,100 students were involved in community-based learning and community-based research activities across DIT in 2012/13, on 49 programmes, supervised by over 60 academic staff. These projects involved a wide range of disciplines and activities, from process-based projects such as tutoring children in schools to research-driven projects such as developing a tailgating sensor for motor vehicles. They range from undergraduate to PhD level projects.
The programme brings together community partners, university staff and students through practice-based, educational activities to work collaboratively and build capacity in well-being and lifestyle education within the local community of St. Mary’s, Limerick. The aim of the project is to develop a programme in well-being and lifestyle education in St Marys Community, so that the community will be empowered through education, to better contribute to their own well-being and healthier life-styles.
This is a campus-community partnership/ civic engagement initiative between the GlobalSchoolRoom, Don Bosco Silchar, Cornmarket Financial Services, and University College Dublin (UCD) supporting the delivery of mutually successful connections between Irish teachers and teachers in northeast rural India.
University College Dublin’s Conway Institute’s four public outreach initiatives, funded by Science Foundation Ireland, have reached over 4,500 pre-university students. Science Alive, Science Works, Science Track and Access Science have devised interactive lectures, poster competitions, and hands-on laboratory workshops bringing together postgraduate students with primary and second level students.
In 2012 Engineers Ireland's STEPS programme partnered with University College Dublin (UCD) to deliver a pilot placement week aimed at giving a meaningful experience of what is involved in both engineering at college and how it is applied in the workplace. The demand for the placement week was so great the course was oversubscribed by 200%. Due to demand, in 2013 it was decided to expand the programme and four more institutes have come on board for 2013: Athlone IT, DIT, Cork IT, IT Carlow.
Students Learning With Communities involves DIT staff and/or students working with community partners (local groups, not-for-profit organisations, etc) to develop real-life projects. Learning comes alive for the students as they work on these projects with real clients, applying their specialist subject skills, and receiving course credits for their work. The community becomes part of the teaching process and the students’ work furthers the community's goals.