This symposium/workshop brought together teaching staff, researchers, practitioners and voluntary sector representatives from Warwick and elsewhere, to consider together questions of what works in student-community engagement, and how such engagement can best be developed and sustained in ways that benefit HE pedagogy, create knowledge, and have positive social impacts.
Discussions were led off by guest speakers from two of the UK's longest-standing examples of sustained student-community engagement programmes:
- Dr Juliet Millican, who has written and taught widely on Student-Community Engagement in the curriculum, including (2014, with Tom Bourner) the very useful Learning to Make a Difference: Student-community engagement and the higher education curriculum, which drew on her over a decade of experience at Brighton's Community University Partnership Programme.
- Dr Emma McKenna, co-ordinator for the last 16 years of the UK's foremost community-engaged student research unit, Queen's University Science Shop, Belfast, and a key player in the Europe-wide EnRRICH project which seeks to improve the capacity of students and staff in higher education to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes to support the embedding of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in curricula by responding to the research needs of society as expressed by civil society organisations (CSOs).
After hearing from Juliet and Emma, the morning was spent in informal, friendly but well-structured discussion about how a university can develop sustained mutually beneficial partnerships with local ‘civil society’, as part of its core business of research and teaching. The morning was facilitated by Mark Hinton, CLL's Community Engagement Development Manager and convenor of IATL's interdisciplinary Community Engagement UG module, and was a joint IATL/Centre for Lifelong Learning event.
Monday 13 November 2017
University of Warwick