University College Dublin has launched a campus wide initiative, UCD in the Community, which seeks to promote greater civic engagement through its core activities. This initiative supports and complements UCD’s involvement in the IUA Campus Engage programme.

It is sponsored by Professor Mark Rogers, Registrar and Deputy President, and Academic Leadership will be provided by Professor Joe Carthy, Principal College of Science.

UCD in the Community will strive to strengthen its relationships with the community and work together in a collaborative and mutually beneficial way, contributing to positive and sustainable social outcomes. It is about working together, bringing our skills and expertise to support community-based organisations, and in exchange empowering our students and staff as socially aware citizens.

It will also seek to actively involve interested alumni. Engagement is one of the core values of UCD and our strategic plan commits to build engagement at local, national and international levels.

UCD in the community wishes to support and promote engagement in all forms, shapes and sizes, examples of this could include:

Student volunteering

Staff placements with community based organisations (CBOs)

Capacity building

Outreach programmes targeting marginalised groups and communities - Widening participation and access to higher education

Promoting and stimulating social enterprise with community partners - Community based research projects

Events and activities that promote awareness of civic engagement