New UCC President impressed by the uniqueness of CARL

New UCC President impressed by the uniqueness of CARL

  • 24 May 2017

The new UCC President Professor Patrick O’Shea (Twitter @osheaUCC) participated in an information session about UCC’s community engagement activities on May 24th. CARL-staff and committee members hosted the session which gave the President a flavour of how community based research undertaken by UCC students can bring about changes in the lives of people in wider society. Brenda Barry from Friendly Call Cork explained the benefits of a recent CARL research collaboration with BSocSc Social Science student Paul Lehane. Both Paul and his academic supervisor Dr Fiona Dukelow emphasised the importance for UCC to engage in real life research projects as part of learning and teaching at third level. CARL invites community groups to propose research topics which are then undertaken by UCC-students. President O’Shea was impressed by this initiative and pledged his continued support for the University’s engagement with community groups. 

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CARL@50 - Celebrating our 50th student-community project

CARL@50 - Celebrating our 50th student-community project

  • 02 Dec 2016

Students awarded for outstanding community engagement projects

This week marked a particular milestone in UCC with the celebration of the 50th student-community CARL project. The celebration brought together community representatives, academic staff and students past and present. Its focus was to grow the network of community organisations that CARL (and UCC) partners with, and highlight the significance of these projects to date.  

 

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New recruits for CARL - UCC's Community Engagement Initiative

New recruits for CARL - UCC's Community Engagement Initiative

  • 04 Apr 2016

Community engagement is becoming an increasingly important part of higher education and CARL is now expanding across the University, and has recently recruited two new part‐time staff, Courtney Collins and William O'Halloran, who will work with Dr Anna Kingston to support CARL's various activities. Currently, CARL staff are working with students and staff from the School of Medicine and the School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences (BEES) to encourage more research projects in these disciplines.

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CARL Workshop on Autism showcases tactile anxiety management device

CARL Workshop on Autism showcases tactile anxiety management device

  • 07 Oct 2014

A recent CARL workshop on "Autism & Young People: Researching with the Community" showcased the CLASP tool, a hand-held digital anxiety management device, which local UCC researchers, community workers and parents are interested in exploring the use of as an anxiety management tool for people with high-functioning autism or Asperger Syndrome.

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UCC signs up to Campus Engage

UCC signs up to Campus Engage

  • 19 Jun 2014

UCC President Dr Michael Murphy has publicly signed the 10-point ‘Campus Engage Charter on Civic and Community Engagement’ at a landmark event in Dublin Castle.

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Database of available projects updated

Database of available projects updated

  • 27 Feb 2014

The database of available research projects suggested by community groups and civil society organisation has been updated on the website (February 2014).

Click here for notes on student eligibility.


Click below link to view this year's projects

Available Projects 2013/2014 (265kB)

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Tearing down the Ivory Tower

Tearing down the Ivory Tower

  • 22 May 2013

Lunchtime seminar on how to bridge the divide between the University and the broader community  (L-R): Dr Paul Manners, Director of the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement, Dr Anna Kingston, CARL Coordinator at UCC and Trevor Holmes, Vice-President for External Relations, UCC.

The concept of the university moving out into the community and the community moving into the university was under discussion in UCC recently.

 

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Paul Manners: Public engagement role of Higher Education Institutions

Paul Manners: Public engagement role of Higher Education Institutions

  • 10 May 2013

Invitation to lecture by Paul Manners on the public engagement role of Higher Education Institutions ...

The Vice-President for External Relations and Community-Academic Research Links (CARL) would like to invite you to a public lecture with Paul Manners on Friday 10th May from 12.30-2pm in the Council Room, University College Cork. A light lunch will be provided.

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CARL Call for New Projects

CARL Call for New Projects

  • 31 Jan 2013

Are you a member of a community group, voluntary organisation, resident’s association, NGO? Do you need a small piece of research done, but don’t have enough money or resources to carry it out at this time? CARL may be able to help.

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On-going CARL research projects

On-going CARL research projects

  • 09 Jan 2013

Our active research projects for 2012/13

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CARL Research Article Published in the Irish Social Worker

CARL Research Article Published in the Irish Social Worker

  • 07 Jan 2013

Congratulations to Michael Quirke, MSW graduate (2011)...

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Your University - Your Research

Your University - Your Research

  • 06 Oct 2012

Your University - Your Research: Linking Higher Education research with community groups through innovative projects ...‌

How many people in the community feel that they can connect with what is going on inside the walls of our third level institutions? What happens to all these projects that students pursue in order to obtain their degrees and advance their careers? Do they gather dust in the archives never to be looked at again? Does the research really matter to anyone else except the student? 

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UCC and CARL leverage research to address community needs

UCC and CARL leverage research to address community needs

  • 09 Oct 2012

A UCC driven pilot-project is breaking down barriers and building bridges between students and community groups. Meet CARL (Community-Academic Research Links).

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Presenting study findings to Minister Kathleen Lynch

Presenting study findings to Minister Kathleen Lynch

  • 05 Oct 2012

Master of Social Work student presents her study findings to Minister Kathleen Lynch ...

Teresa Cronin, Master of Social Work student (2012), gave a short presentation of her project on Post Natal Depression on Friday 28th September in Cork University Hospital. The title of the study was: Postnatal Depression: Prevalence, Peer Social Support and Policy (Ireland and International Literature Review)

 

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Building bridges between academia and society

Building bridges between academia and society

  • 05 Aug 2012

Lunchtime seminar on the key challenges and opportunities faced by Higher Education Institutions as they strive to fulfil their third mission, i.e. civil engagement: (L-R) Catherine O’Mahony (CARL), Anna Kingston (CARL), Béatrice Korc  (University of Lyon), and Melodié Faury (Univeristy of Lyon)

"While the University supports the development of researchers, there is little effort to make them aware of, or engage them in, society’s 'grand challenges'".

This was the argument made by Béatrice Korc, Director of “Science et Society” Department of the University of Lyon, who is engaged in pioneering work in France to develop cultural bridges between research and society. Béatrice and her colleague Melodié Faury shared their experiences of how they are re-directing and re-focussing postgraduate students’ ideas of what research is and of their role as researchers.

 

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UCC Science Shop pilot as example of civically engaged

UCC Science Shop pilot as example of civically engaged

  • 06 Jul 2011

A year on: UCC Science Shop pilot as example of civically engaged  ...

Participating students from Science Shop projects in 2010/11 (L-R): Michael Quirke, Monica Coll, Siobhan Scully, Mary Ryan, Master of Social Work (MSW) students ... 

Four recent pilot Science Shop projects in UCC have successfully shown that on-going university activities can exemplify civic mindedness and engage academia with the wider community.

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University Science Shop

University Science Shop

  • 16 Dec 2009

Dr Henk Mulder, University of Groningen...

The UCC Science Shop is a step closer to becoming a reality.

A Science Shop is a centre that facilitates scientific research on behalf of community and voluntary groups. Typically, a community group approaches the Science Shop with an issue or a problem. The University researcher or student then undertakes research on their behalf.

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Local communities linking with University researchers

Local communities linking with University researchers

  • 19 Mar 2008

 Local communities linking with University researchers to find solutions ...

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What services are required in a rapidly growing suburb of Cork to answer the needs of its residents? What is the level of pollution coming from nearby industry and what are the potential health implications?

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