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Civic Engagement: DCU in the Community

Experiences of Community Knowledge Exchange

"I would recommend other students to consider carrying out research projects through DCU Community Knowledge Exchange. It was an opportunity to discover the excellent work that is undertaken in the local community. It was also very rewarding knowing that the project I was working on was going to be of use to the organisation and would perhaps help them to make better decisions in relation to future programmes."
Amy Scully, student

"I found working through Community Knowledge Exchange very enlightening. It gave me ideas of what was expected with the dissertation. My primary research was made easier, as I was given relevant contacts. I would recommend to final-year students to consider a Community Knowledge Exchange project, as I gained a deeper understanding of community development issues."
Jack O’Dea, student

"Community Knowledge Exchange put me in touch with an organisation that I was interested in and a subject matter I was passionate about. It made completing a dissertation a more enjoyable and worthwhile experience."
Niall O’Brien, student

"We worked with DCU's Community Knowledge Exchange in 2013 on a research project exploring the motivations and experiences of volunteers. We found the CKE extremely helpful in identifying potential methodologies and suitable matches for the project within the university. We worked with the student on the development of a survey and distributing it to a database of active volunteers. We were delighted with the resulting research which provided a comprehensive analysis of the survey findings. We found the whole process really easy and everyone involved was a pleasure to work with."
Phil Boughton, Volunteer Ireland

"I want to say thank you for letting us take part in this programme. Working with the student has been a very positive experience for all involved with DMAP, and the student was very good to deal with, very professional when carrying out his research and also very thorough in his approach."
John Kelly, Disability Mainstream Access Project (DMAP), Dublin 12

"My experience of Community Knowledge Exchange has been extremely positive. CKE-mediated projects allow students to engage with research in a meaningful way. Projects are related to an area of either personal or academic interest and will support existing projects within an organisation or facilitate the development of new projects. It is extremely rewarding to see the research put into action and to produce work that has practical value. I met fantastic people who are proactive about their lives and want to positively impact on their community. In many ways that's what I see as a major function of Community Knowledge Exchange - the opportunity to engage and work with others to positively impact on communities beyond our university."
Patrick Flanagan, student

"CKE offered the class an opportunity to get involved in research projects with external parties. I offered to work on a survey project as I felt it would be highly beneficial to produce work that contributed to the organisation and enabled me to produce a professional survey report as part of my academic research assignment. CKE arranges the initial introductions and then the student meets regularly with the external party to ensure the project is on track. This is an excellent opportunity for any final-year student."
Gillian Burke, student