UCD in the Community invites all employees to become more involved in the community by offering their knowledge and expertise in a mutually beneficial way to the community. This goal is in line with the IUA Campus Engage programme. Campus Engage was established to promote civic and community engagement as a core function of Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) across Ireland, by better enabling HEI staff and students to engage with their local communities. There are four main components of the promotion of civic engagement - community or service-based learning and research, engaged research, student volunteering and metrics and evaluation.
UCD in the Community encourages staff to become more involved within the community, through volunteering on or off campus, or engaging with community-based organisations on a more frequent basis, such as through research or teaching & learning. If you have an idea for a project involving a community-based organisation and would like to discuss this further, please contact Niamh or Theresa at email@example.com.
Showcase Your Community Engagement
Many UCD academic and administrative UCD employees engage with the community on a continuous basis. If you are currently, or have previously been involved in civic engagement, we would like to showcase your work on our website and in an annual UCD Community Engagement Report. Please write a short piece (400 - 800 words), along with two photos, if appropriate, and email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UCD Employee Volunteering Policy
UCD, under UCD Culture and Engagement, introduced an Employee Volunteering Policy, taking effect from 1 September 2018. This policy supports UCD employees by allowing them to allocate work time to engage in volunteering activities.
For a list of current volunteering opportunties available for UCD employees, please check out the Culture & Engagement website. This initiative is run in collaboration with Dun Laoighaire Rathdown Volunteer Centre.