The CIRCLET project and professional development opportunities for lecturers

CIRCLET is an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership project. The project aims to strengthen capacity among higher education lecturers to improve learning outcomes for students by rethinking curricula to incorporate CERL, with an online dimension. TU Dublin is a partner, along with Queen’s University Belfast (lead), Corvinus University of Budapest, Open University of Catalonia, and Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

The CIRCLET project has developed two new professional development initiatives supporting community engaged learning and research. The CIRCLET international learning community has two dimensions - a Learning Circle and an Online Professional Development Module. Both initiatives are focused on rethinking teaching to include community engaged research and learning (CERL), enhanced by educational technology. Both offer the opportunity to work with colleagues in other countries. Integrating CERL into your teaching can be mutually beneficial for students, for communities and for you.

Online workshops on community engaged research and learning

Our local and international learning circles involve small peer groups of lecturers coming together on a regular basis to share learning, and explore issues and solutions – face-to-face where possible, otherwise online, or a mix. International learning circles have also been developed across the 5 universities, made up of interested local participants. TU Dublin has led on the development of an innovative online postgraduate module for lecturers. It can be taken as a stand-alone module or as part of the TU Dublin LTTC suite of MSc Education programmes, and is also validated for PhD credits by Corvinus University of Budapest.

Participants on both initiatives are supported by the TU Dublin Programme for Students Learning With Communities to identify and make connections with suitable community partners for CERL projects. The costs of both initiatives are fully covered by Erasmus+ project funding.

To find out more about the CIRCLET project, and read testimonials from participants in the 2020/1 groups, visit

You can contact Dr Catherine Bates and Dr Sinead McCann, who are coordinating TU Dublin’s involvement in this project, at the Programme for Students Learning With Communities: or 087 1262 848 or 087 211 9089.

Please note that applications have now closed for 2021/2 CIRCLET professional development opportunities.

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learning circle participants

Lively discussion and focus at a TU Dublin 2020/1 CIRCLET learning circle online meeting