History of Campus Engage

Campus Engage, Phase One, 2007-2014:

Campus Engage was established in 2007 following an award of direct funding from the HEA Strategic Innovation Fund, and matched indirect funding from NUI Galway, DCU, UCD, UL, and NUI Maynooth. This partnership carried out a number of actions including:

  • A national review of civic engagment activities and stakeholder recommendations for sustainability;
  • Increase the scale of student participation and volunteering opportunities in all partner institutions;
  • To establish a formal National Campus Engage Network to support civic engagement activities across the sector, providing training materials and organising events.

In 2012, steps were taken to broaden the institutional base of Campus Engage, moving from an initial start-up institutional phase of five universities (NUI Galway, UL, UCD, DCU and NUI Maynooth) to a National Network, currently working with 18 HEIs, driven by a Steering Committee with representatives from across the higher education sector in Ireland. This new all-inclusive and action oriented model was ratified at a national conference held at The Helix in December 2012.

On the 24 June, 2013 a National Coordinator was appointed to act as a central manager for the activities of Campus Engage, and to liaise with the HEA. The Coordinator is based at the Irish Universities Association, 48 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.