The vision for University of Limerick is to provide an outstanding student experience, to actively serve our communities and to contribute to the civil, social and cultural life of the Shannon Region and beyond.
The President's Volunteer Award (PVA) was established in 2010 to harness, acknowledge and support the contribution that students at the University of Limerick make to their communities.
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.
DIT Societies are run by the students for the students and supported by the staff of the society’s office through advice, administration and finance. They endeavour to develop the “community” on campus through the provision of activities, events, entertainment, and development opportunities. There are over 35 extra annual “special events” both big and small, which students are involved in running. The last number of years has seen a huge increase in society’s membership and the number of events on and off campus.
At DIT the societies staff and the chaplaincy staff coordinate a programme of volunteering activities for DIT students. They offer an array of projects to interested students, from working with children, young people, and the elderly, to campaigns and fundraising, whether in the local community or overseas. Volunteering opportunities include a mix of projects, such as homework clubs, supervised study, mentoring, class reps, soup runs, flat decoration, drama, website building, arts and crafts, dancing, and juggling.
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.
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.