Community Engagement at TU Dublin Environment & Planning
TU Dublin Environment & Planning aim to provide every student cohort – at undergraduate and postgraduate level - with at least one opportunity to engage with a community or industry partner. This will normally be in a project or seminar environment, including meaningful and reciprocal knowledge exchange between students and the civic engagement partner.
Staff often identify suitable projects for teaching modules which involve collaborations with underserved community partners (who include local groups, not-for-profit organisations and charities) for mutual benefit. These ‘real life’ projects are very effective in developing professional transferable skills for students and enhancing understanding of their specialist skills and of the communities they are being applied in. Students receive course credits for their work as these projects are embedded into their studies.
Community partners are also enabled to become part of the teaching process through the collaboration, contributing to the education of students, and increasing the relevance of their studies. The processes and outcomes of the collaborative projects are designed to further the community's goals. These projects give all participants the opportunity to engage in critical thinking, and ultimately aim to energise participants to work for social change.