Campus Engage Active Working Groups

Campus Engage has a number of active national working groups covering community-based learning; volunteering and student-led engagement; engaged research and metrics and evaluation, - set up to embed civic engagement practice and policy on and off campus. The Working Group Convenors role is to  prioritise and deliver activities in a manner that is strategic, inclusive, and innovative.

Working Group 1: Accredited Community-based Research and Community-based Learning

The Campus Engage Working Group on Community-based Research (CBR) and Community-based Learning (CBL) promotes responsible and innovative community-based teaching, learning and research activities; develops resources; and offers capacity building training to higher education educational staff, post-graduates and community partners in order to scale-up effective community-based initiatives. This group has developed a suite of training and information guides on Civic Engagement. This December, the working group are launching a new capacity building service, The Participate Programme in Association with Science Foundation Ireland.

Working Group 2: Volunteering and Student led Engagement

This Working Group encourages good practice, develops resources to build capacity, and has co-created the online national portal

Recently shortlisted for the Social Innovation Fund Ireland & Google THINKTECH Awards, is a brand new easy to use, one-stop-shop portal, connecting students with civil society organisations (CSOs) volunteering opportunities. All HEIs are welcome to join.

Working Group 3: Metrics and Evaluation.

This Working Group supports member HEIs in building an evidence base for, reporting on, and self-assessing progress in community and civic engagement practices and policies. To date, the group, with the President of the HEIs, have co-coedited and launched the Campus Engage National Charter for Civic Engagement, June 16, 2014 and co-produced a set of corresponding indicative actions for an engaged HEIs. These indicators are currently being reviewed in order to develop an online assessment tool that supports the development of the national HE Performance Evaluation Framework.

Working Group 4: Engaged Research

This working group has been set up to develop a nationally agreed understanding of what Engaged Research (ER)  is; to Illustrate that ER is a untapped Irish research strength and to develop internationally the profile and recognition of Irish ER to position Ireland positively in EU H2020 and other funding calls. To date this working group has carried out a national consultation, produced a national Framework for ER, a set of recommendations for policy makers and funders, and is currently working on a capacity building programme to support CSO and HEI ER partnerships.

Working Group Titles and Convenors:

Accredited Community-based Research for Students

Kenneth Burns, College Lecturer and Deputy Director of the Master of Social Work course at UCC.

Catherine O’Mahony, Manager, National Academy for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning, UCC.

Accredited Community-based Research for Students

Dr. Claire McDonnell, Lecturer, School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences; Learning, Teaching and Technology Centre, DIT.

Lorraine McIlrath, Community Knowledge Initiative, Centre Coordinator, NUI Galway.

Volunteering/Student-led Engagement


Lorraine Tansey, Alive Programme Coordinator, NUI Galway.
Joanna Ozarowska, Programme Manager, DCU in the Community

Engaged Research

Dr Maura Adshead, UL Engaged Research Champion

Sarah Bowman, Director of Public Programmes EngAGE, TCD.​

Padraig Murphy, Science Communications Lecturer, DCU.

Measurement and Evaluation

Professor Ronaldo Munck, Chair of Campus Engage and Head of Civic Engagement at DCU.

Dr. Rhonda Wynne, Programme Manager, UCD.​