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

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

    11 Apr
    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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  • New UCC President impressed by the uniqueness of CARL

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

    02 Dec
    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 recruits for CARL - UCC's Community Engagement Initiative

    04 Apr
    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
    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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  • Tearing down the Ivory Tower

    22 May
    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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  • Paul Manners: Public engagement role of Higher Education Institutions

    10 May
    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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  • CARL Call for New Projects

    31 Jan
    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
    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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  • Presenting study findings to Minister Kathleen Lynch

    05 Oct
    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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  • Building bridges between academia and society

    05 Aug
    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 Science Shop pilot as example of civically engaged

    06 Jul
    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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  • University Science Shop

    16 Dec
    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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  • Local communities linking with University researchers

    19 Mar
    Local communities linking with University researchers

     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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