TU Dublin Partners In Project To Increase Student Engagement With Communities

30 Aug, 2019

TU Dublin, as part of a group of five European universities, has been awarded funding for a new European funded Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership project.

The action research project, led by Queen’s University Belfast, will focus on encouraging and supporting lecturers in the five universities to reimagine their teaching, and to involve more students in community-engaged research projects. The universities will set up local and international learning circles to support learning among staff.

The CIRCLET (Curriculum Innovation through Research with Communities: Learning circles of Educators and Technology) project will run from 2019-2022. As well as TU Dublin and QUB, partners include Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Corvinus University of Budapest, and the Open University of Catalonia.

TU Dublin will lead the development of an innovative online accredited postgraduate module for lecturers, exploring how to incorporate community-engaged research into teaching. The module will run for the first time in 2020/21 as part of the TU Dublin Learning, Teaching and Technology Centre suite of Master programmes, and will involve TU Dublin lecturers as well as international participants.

The action research project will increase the numbers of students involved in community-engaged research and learning projects, in TU Dublin and across Europe. Already well over 1,000 students a year across TU Dublin work with a wide range of community organisations on collaboratively-designed projects to enhance the student experience and support community goals.

TU Dublin’s involvement in CIRCLET will be coordinated by the Programme for Students Learning With Communities, in the Access and Civic Engagement Office, in collaboration with colleagues across TU Dublin. 

For more information, please contact Dr Catherine Bates, who is the principal investigator on this project: catherine.bates@tudublin.ie