Campus Engage community-based learning and research Convenors team up with Science Foundation Ireland to deliver the Participate Programme to STEM teaching staff

Campus Engage National Coordinator and Convenors from DIT, DCU, NUIG, UCC along with Campus Engage Chair at UL, Age Action, Enable Ireland and NDA have been awarded an SFI Discover Grant to support the roll out of the Participate Programme to science, technology, engineering and maths educators.   

The Campus Engage-SFI community based learning and research programme for STEM educators aims to develop the capacity of higher education teaching staff and civil society organisations (CSOs) to incorporate community based learning (CBL) and community-based research (CBR) into curricula and CSOs work plans.

What the programmme aims to achieve:

Promote and support STEM education and career pathways for students:

Higher education staff are increasingly seeking ways to engage their students with CSOs /public in order to offer student access to accredited, experiential STEM learning, to build transferable ‘work ready skills’. The process of working with CSOs/ public gives students the chance to explore their future role as a professional and how they can contribute to addressing Irish, EU and international social challenges.

Increase the general public’s engagement with STEM and its importance in society:

The Campus Engage-SFI Participate Programme process/methods informs CSOs, and associated public participants, about their ability, role and responsibility in addressing social challenges by working collaboratively with educators and students, exchanging tacit knowledge to inform research and learning projects, and enhancing STEM subject educational modules.

The Programme facilitates interdisciplinary projects and networking with CSOs opening up new project ideas, interdisciplinary funding opportunities or publication ideas. Most significantly it acts as an early intervention process to form partnerships with CSO to prepare for larger European funding through Horizon2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, 2014-2020.

Campus Engage is a national initiative offering a capacity building service to HEI staff to incorporate accredited community-based learning and research process, methods, and tools to develop learning outcome assessment techniques, and CSO working agreements.

If you are interested in taking part in one of four workshops to be delivered across campuses in Ireland in Spring 2016, please contact Kate Morris, IUA, kate.morris@iua.ie