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  • New study highlights the importance of community led development

    22 Oct 2020
    New study highlights the importance of community led development

    SECAD Partnership CLG provides rural development and social inclusion supports to empower local communities to create a more vibrant, sustainable and inclusive society. They recently partnered with final year Geography student Matthew Williamson to examine how the organisation has changed, transforming traditional systems of local development and governance to create more integrated approaches that enable communities to set their own economic and social development agendas.

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  • Impact of crime and violence on child welfare in Moneymore

    01 Oct 2020
    Impact of crime and violence on child welfare in Moneymore

    A recent study on the impact that community crime and violence have on the welfare of children growing up in high crime communities has recently been completed by a University College Cork student. Laura Walsh, a MA of Social Work graduate, collaborated in a CARL project with professionals and community members located in the Moneymore housing estate in Drogheda Co. Louth.

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  • 20 years of community development in changing policy landscape

    30 Sep 2020
    20 years of community development in changing policy landscape

    A recent University College Cork study on the role of NICHE, Niche Health Project Cork, highlights how wider policy changes has impacted on community development over the last 20 years. The qualitative study combines a review of the literature with 10 semi-structured interviews documenting the thoughts and experiences of people who have worked at NICHE.

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  • Research partnership supports Ballyvergan biodiversity action plan

    28 Sep 2020
    Research partnership supports Ballyvergan biodiversity action plan

    A 4th year Ecology student at University College Cork, in partnership with Youghal Tidy Towns, has recently completed a study into the factors that effect Ballyvergan Marsh. Keith Dineen, supervised by Dr Simon Harrison from the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, spent six months in the area working on the project.

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  • University College Cork Research Study Identifies the Benefits and Barriers of Volunteering among Migrants

    08 Sep 2020
    University College Cork Research Study Identifies the Benefits and Barriers of Volunteering among Migrants

    A recent University College Cork study identified the positive impact of volunteering on the life experiences of people who have migrated to Ireland. The research identified how volunteering made people ‘feel productive’ and gave them a ‘sense of fulfilment’. Research participants reported how volunteering allowed them to engage with their local community and build lasting relationships, which in turn positively affected their mental health.

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  • Workplaces benefit from hiring people with intellectual disabilities and complex needs

    30 Jun 2020
    Workplaces benefit from hiring people with intellectual disabilities and complex needs

    A recent UCC Community-Academic Research Links (CARL) project explored the benefits and barriers/challenges that employers experience in hiring and maintaining employment of people with an intellectual disability. A Master of Social Work student, Emma Callaghan, undertook the research under the supervision of Fiona O’Gorman, School of Applied Social Studies.

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  • Older Gay Men in Cork City are optimistic about ageing

    25 Jun 2020
    Older Gay Men in Cork City are optimistic about ageing

    A recent University College Cork study on the experiences of Older Gay Men in Cork highlighted that older gay men in Cork are optimistic about ageing.

    “While we know from other research that Older Gay Men experience increased levels of loneliness and isolation compared to their straight counterparts; the findings from this research are positive as they suggest that those men who have access to dedicated LGBT+ community services like The Gay Project experience much lower levels of loneliness and isolation” says Michael O Donnell of The Gay Project.

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  • "It's not all negative like" - UCC Research Study looks at Adolescent Girls' Perceptions of Social Media

    23 Jun 2020

    A community group created to empower Irish girls and young women, recently collaborated with University College Cork to research adolescent girls’ experiences of using social media. The Shona Project (https://shona.ie/) named after her sister, was founded by Tammy Darcy to give young women a platform to share their own stories and celebrate the achievements of powerful, successful and inspiring women from Ireland and all over the world.

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  • UCC Psychology Student Assists The Rainbow Club Cork Centre for Autism

    26 May 2020
    UCC Psychology Student Assists The Rainbow Club Cork Centre for Autism

    The Rainbow Club Cork Centre for Autism and a University College Cork Master of Applied Psychology student recently collaborated in a Community Academic Research Links (CARL) research project to investigate the supports provided to over 400 children with autism through the Rainbow Club’s services. Paddy Lynch, a Masters in Psychology student in UCC, undertook a small study as part of his placement experience with the Rainbow Club, under the supervision of Dr Sharon Lambert. The study identified a number of social and personal benefits that children acquire from participation in the Rainbow Club, and identified a strong sense of community that allows children and families to thrive.  

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  • UCC Students Support Civil Society Organisations with Research Needs

    18 May 2020
    UCC Students Support Civil Society Organisations with Research Needs

    Cricket Ireland partner with Community Academic Research Links  in support of refugees and asylum seekers. The experience of refugees and asylum seekers engaging in sport is of deep interest to Cricket Ireland, the National Governing Body for the Sport on the island of Ireland. In a novel undertaking, they are collaborating with Community Academic Research Links in University College Cork to bring a research lens to investigate what they know to be true – that sports changes lives!

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  • UCC's Cork University Business School (CUBS) students design and develop apps for Community Groups

    27 Aug 2019
    UCC's Cork University Business School (CUBS) students design and develop apps for Community Groups

    NEWS: Three CARL-projects with CUBS-students have resulted in the creation of apps for tourism and wildlife purposes.

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  • Congratulations to Douglas Matters Research Partnership

    22 Feb 2019
    Congratulations to Douglas Matters Research Partnership

    NEWS: Our congratulations to the Douglas Matters research partnership - community group, UCC graduates and supervisor on being shortlisted for the Education Award in the Research category at The Education Award Gala in Dublin on Thursday 21st February. 

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  • Support where it matters - Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2019 #EDAW2019

    22 Feb 2019
    Support where it matters - Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2019 #EDAW2019

    NEWS: The CARL community-academic research partnership and projects with the Eating Disorder Centre Cork raise awareness about eating disorders and helps connect people with specialist support. This week the research partners came together to promote the value of this type of research and as part of the wider effort to raise awareness during Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2019 #EDAW2019. 

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  • CARL Students present at the UCC Masters in Social Work Postgraduate Research Conference

    09 May 2018
    CARL Students present at the UCC Masters in Social Work Postgraduate Research Conference

    Eight Students in the UCC Masters in Social Work Programme participated in Community Based Research (CBR) partnerships facilitated by Community Academic Research Links (CARL) this academic year. The students shared their research findings with a large audience of peers, staff, family members and representatives from the community groups.

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  • SECAD Partnership attends Campus Engage National Dialogue on Higher Education and Community Partnership.

    21 May 2018
    SECAD Partnership attends Campus Engage National Dialogue on Higher Education and Community Partnership.

    Together, SECAD and UCC, recently attended a consultation session or ‘think-in’ with Campus Engage and Civil Society Organisations (CSO’s) in Dublin. SECAD was represented by William O’Halloran and UCC by Anna Kingston from CARL.

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  • UCC Participates in a Service-Learning Workshop in Bratislava April 2018

    11 Apr 2018
    UCC Participates in a Service-Learning Workshop in Bratislava April 2018

    On April 11th 2018, Dr Anna Kingston from Community Academic Research Links (CARL) represented UCC at a workshop in Bratislava on Service-Learning and Community Engagement in Higher Education Institutions. It was organised by the Utrecht Network www.utrecht-network.org, a representative European-wide network of universities cooperating in the area of internationalisation. It aims to encourage exchange of good practices and implementing educational policies. It has 32 members in 27 countries and has been networking for over 30 years.

     

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  • Professor Corey Dolgon - Higher Education Community Based Learning Workshop held at UCC

    04 May 2018
    Professor Corey Dolgon - Higher Education Community Based Learning Workshop held at UCC

    On May 3rd 2018 Professor Corey Dolgon from Stonehill College Massachusetts came to UCC to present on the basics of designing a Community Based Learning (CBL) course. UCC staff were joined by colleagues from Trinity College Dublin and Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. Over the course of two workshops Professor Dolgon explored the pedagogy and social justice underpinnings of community based learning, which is an experiential learning approach that fosters collaboration between universities and the community as an integral part of a course or module. This involves active learning embedded in the curriculum, with global and local citizenship as a core value and outcome. Professor Dolgon is an internationally known community engagement educator and Fulbright Scholar. His prior teaching appointments include Harvard University, where he was a visiting professor from 2000-2003, and Clark University. His latest book is Kill It to Save It: An Autopsy of Capitalism's Triumph over Democracy, Policy Press (2017). 

    Professor Dolgon’s Presentation can be accessed here:Pedagogies of Hope

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

    02 Dec 2016
    CARL@50 - Celebrating our 50th student-community project

    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 UCC President impressed by the uniqueness of CARL

    24 May 2017
    New UCC President impressed by the uniqueness of CARL

    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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  • New recruits for CARL - UCC's Community Engagement Initiative

    04 Apr 2016
    New recruits for CARL - UCC's Community Engagement Initiative

    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

    07 Oct 2014
    CARL Workshop on Autism showcases tactile anxiety management device

    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

    19 Jun 2014
    UCC signs up to Campus Engage

    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

    27 Feb 2014
    Database of available projects updated

    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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  • Paul Manners: Public engagement role of Higher Education Institutions

    10 May 2013
    Paul Manners: Public engagement role of Higher Education Institutions

    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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  • On-going CARL research projects

    09 Jan 2013
    On-going CARL research projects

    Our active research projects for 2012/13

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  • CARL Call for New Projects

    31 Jan 2013
    CARL Call for New Projects

    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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  • Your University - Your Research

    06 Oct 2012
    Your University - Your Research

    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 Science Shop pilot as example of civically engaged

    06 Jul 2011
    UCC Science Shop pilot as example of civically engaged

    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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  • Local communities linking with University researchers

    19 Mar 2008
    Local communities linking with University researchers

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

    2008 Conference Logo

    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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  • Presenting study findings to Minister Kathleen Lynch

    05 Oct 2012
    Presenting study findings to Minister Kathleen Lynch

    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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  • University Science Shop

    16 Dec 2009
    University Science Shop

    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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  • Building bridges between academia and society

    05 Aug 2012
    Building bridges between academia and society

    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 and CARL leverage research to address community needs

    09 Oct 2012
    UCC and CARL leverage research to address community needs

    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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  • Tearing down the Ivory Tower

    22 May 2013
    Tearing down the Ivory Tower

    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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  • CARL Research Article Published in the Irish Social Worker

    07 Jan 2013
    CARL Research Article Published in the Irish Social Worker

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

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