Community Engagement at TU Dublin Webinar

Community Engagement at TU Dublin Webinar

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An online webinar to mark the launch of the TEFCE summary report on Community Engagement at TU Dublin.

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This online webinar marks the launch of a Summary Report relating to the TEFCE pilot project on Community Engagement at TU Dublin. This report is based on a comprehensive study conducted for the EU funded project 'Towards a European Framework for Community Engagement in Higher Education' (TEFCE).

The report principally reviewed community engagement activities based on the City Centre campus (the project began in DIT and there was not an opportunity to include the substantial work being undertaken on other campus locations). The purpose of this webinar is to share information about the TEFCE pilot project relating to Community Engagement activity within TU Dublin (specifically the City Centre campus) which may be of value to people working in this area.

This is an open event and we welcome all staff and students, partners and local community members of TU Dublin and any other individuals interested in community engagement within higher education.

The schedule for the webinar is as follows:

  • Assessment of Community Engagement Activity in TU Dublin (+Q&A) - Emma O'Brien (20 minutes)
  • Students Learning with Communities at TU Dublin (+Q&A) - Catherine Bates (15 mins)
  • Example of Community Engagement - Tom Cooney (10 mins)
  • Open Discussion (15 mins)

The webinar will allow opportunities for questions, interaction and shared learning in relation to community-university engagement.

The registration closes at 1:00 pm IST on Wednesday 26th of May . The link to join the event will be sent to registered participants one day prior the event.

Event Speakers:

Dr. Emma O'Brien is a lecturer in communications in the College of Arts and Tourism, Technological University Dublin, Ireland. Emma led TU Dublin's work on the EU funded project, Towards a European Framework for Community Engagement in Higher Education (TEFCE). Emma was awarded her PhD from Technological University Dublin in 2021 which involved a study of higher education’s role in the development of inclusive entrepreneurial education for disadvantaged communities. Emma’s background in science, science communication, business, entrepreneurship and education facilitates a transdisciplinary approach to her research.

Prof. Thomas Cooney is a Professor in Entrepreneurship in the College of Business, Technological University Dublin, Ireland. Thomas led TU Dublin's work on the EU funded project, Towards a European Framework for Community Engagement in Higher Education (TEFCE). He is the Academic Director of the Institute for Minority Entrepreneurship and Adjunct Professor at the University of Turku (Finland). He is a former President of the International Council for Small Business (2012-13) and of the European Council for Small Business (2009-11). He was a founding Director of Startup Ireland and works in various capacities with a range of businesses and not-for-profit organisations.

Dr. Catherine Bates is the Project Coordinator of the Programme for Students Learning With Communities in the Access and Civic Engagement Office, Technological University Dublin, Ireland. Catherine has led TU Dublin's involvement in three EU funded projects focusing on engaged research with communities, PERARES (2010-14), EnRRICH (2015-18) and CIRCLET (2019-22). Catherine did her PhD in sociology and lectured in design theory and history for ten years. She then worked in the community sector, where she ran a second-chance education programme for women drug users in rehabilitation. She has presented nationally and internationally, and published, on the topic of building community engaged research and learning into the curriculum.

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