In her 2nd year at NUIG, Katie Fallon is studying Human Rights, Sociology and Politics, and Economics and while her studies may keep her busy, they don't get in the way of her commitment to community outreach, both locally and globally. Katie grew up in Galway and has gone to school here all her life, though more recently her involvement in the Tawasol Project at NUIG has also taken her to the far sides of the world.
The Click and Connect program run here at NUI Galway reaches out to the digitally excluded to offer basic computer skills to those who need them. The program began last year in collaboration with Age Action Ireland, Limerick Community Connect, and DCU with funding from the Benefit 3 scheme and has been enormously successful. The course was continued this year with more than expected community support and participation in an effort to show that the Click and Connect program could be independently and sustainably run through the University.
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.
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.
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.