Lessons learned from a community engagement initiative within Irish higher education

This paper focuses on a community–university partnership built around a programme of study co-created by residents of a disadvantaged community and situated, for the most part, within that community. The aim of this paper is to share lessons learned from this community engagement initiative, as identified
through a research study which ran concurrent to the programme. The study involved 41 interviews (18 individual interviews and 23 focus groups) over a two year period with 28 participants. Participants included students, lecturers and

Good news for the future of Engaged Researh- FP9 proposal almost ready, says Commission’s R&D chief

The plan for the EU’s next research Framework programme will be presented at the end of May, according to the European Commission’s incoming R&D chief Jean-Eric Paquet.

In his first interview following his appointment as head of the Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation last month, Paquet revealed that “most of the work” on the Commission’s Framework 9 proposal had already been done. He will take up the role on 1 April following the departure of Robert-Jan Smits, who held the post for eight years.

UCC Launch new Civic Engagement Strategy, 2017-2022

On 1 December 2017 Prof Patrick O'Shea, President of UCC, launched the university’s new Civic Engagement Strategy, 2017-2022 to a packed auditorium, filled with members of the public, civic and civil society organisations, representatives from local enterprise, media, students and staff. 

New Trinity College Dublin Staff Recognition Award for Civic Engagement

A new award to recognise exceptional contributions made by staff to civic engagement has been launched.

The Registrar’s Civic Engagement Award will recognise members of Trinity staff who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in engagement with wider society in their teaching and/or research, those who have played an active role in civic engagement in Trinity either through community-based research and/or community- based learning.


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