“Knowledge Democracy: What is it and Why is it Important?”

The continued celebration of CKI's 10th anniversary was fortunate enough to welcome Professor Budd Hall to NUI Galway for a lecture entitled “Knowledge Democracy: What is it and Why is it Important?” and co-facilitate a workshop with Professor Darlene Clover, that focused on the realities of undertaking community-based research. Dr. Hall is a Professor at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada and co-chair of the UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education. 

Galway Community Garden: a new collaborative enterprise

Every year the 3rd year Occupational Therapy students take on an intense community project that is designed to both address some of the occupational therapy needs of the community and to help them develop the professional skills that will make them valuable occupational therapists in the future. The 3rd year module itself, Emerging Areas of Occupational Therapy Practice, has been in near continual evolution since its inaugural year in 2006.

Community-based Research (CBR) at DIT

In 2015/16, over 1055 students across DIT were involved in learning with communities and were supervised by 52 DIT Lecturers. These projects took place across 44 programmes of study, both undergraduate and postgraduate. Approximately 1 in 3 undergraduate programmes had students involved in collaborative projects with communities. Since its beginnings in 2008, the Programme has supported projects involving over 8,000 students in collaboration with over 110 Community Partners.

Engaging People in Communities (EPIC) at NUI Galway

EPIC facilitates Community Based Research and Knowledge Exchange between NUIG and surrounding communites. At EPIC NUIG, Community-Based Research involves collaboration between the wider community and the university in carrying out research that addresses issues of concern to communities and civil society. Knowledge Exchange brings together community members and university staff and students to share ideas and expertise for mutual learning and support.

CIT Extended Campus: Creating and supporting collaboration between CIT, enterprise and community groups

Extended Campus was established in 2011 as an interface or facilitator, to create and support links between CIT, enterprise and community groups. Extended Campus strives to assist companies in meeting their business needs through the activities, facilities and resources on hand at CIT. Extended Campus’ mission is to engage more with the public, and showcase the mutual benefits that can arise when higher education and enterprise work together.