Campus Engage is a platform for the promotion of civic engagement activities in Irish higher education and is based at the Irish University Association (IUA). Campus Engage was recently awarded funding by Higher Education Authority (HEA) to drive activities to support a range of higher education community engagement practices to 2015.
CARL has been invited to convene a working group on Community Based Learning (CBL) and Community Based Research (CBR) as part of a greater Campus Engage initiative which seeks to develop materials, opportunities and resources to support civic engagement across Higher Education in Ireland.
As a civic engagement platform, Campus Engage is open to all higher education institutions in Ireland, and aims to strengthen the relationship between higher education and the wider society, through the promotion of civic engagement activities in higher education and facilitating the sharing of knowledge and resources between academic and civic communities.
This falls within the broader objectives of the National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030 (www.hea.ie/files/files/DES_Higher_Ed_Main_Report.pdf)
A new Campus Engage Action Plan has been agreed, and funding secured for the period 2013 -2015. This will support the on-going development of activities such as: service learning / community based learning, student volunteering, community engaged research and knowledge exchange and sharing, in order to increase the number of courses, activities and levels of participation in these areas across Irish higher education.
Further information on Campus Engage can be found at www.campusengage.ie