Civic Engagement: DCU in the Community
Campus Engage Symposium - Community Partnerships, Conversations for Change
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Community Partnerships, Conversations for Change

17th JUNE 2014, 


9am – 4.30pm

Join us to debate best practice and future plans for campus community initiatives.

The symposium programme, through “world café” roundtables and workshops, will facilitate campus community conversations on….

  • applied practice in community-based research, teaching and learning
  • benefits of volunteering to students and communities
  • socio-economic impact of community-campus partnerships
  • the relationship between higher education, the state and civil society


Deadline for Registration is June 11th. For more information email



9.00-9.30am: Registration

9.30-9.40am: Opening Welcome

9.40-10.00 am: Introduction to Campus Engage

10.00-11.15am: Keynote and Q&A Speaker 1:

 Professor Barbara HollandPortland State University; Senior Scholar, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Societal Expectations of Higher Education Institutions: The Strategic Role of Community Engagement

Higher education around the developed world is undergoing large scale change because of two major forces – external expectations for greater effectiveness and efficiency and internal adaptation to new modes and methods of working with knowledge. These forces are already altering academic culture and creating new educational strategies and networks. Increasingly, the practice of community engagement as a form of teaching, learning and research in partnership with communities and other sectors is proving to be a powerful tool for creating change in how universities approach knowledge production and dissemination. Community engagement is becoming an essential strategy for connecting academic knowledge to the “big questions” challenging our communities and the world.


11.15-11.45am: Coffee/Tea

11.45-13.00pm: World café Roundtables – Conversations for Change

13.15-14.00pm: Lunch


14.00-15.00pm: Breakout Workshops

Campus Engage Working Group Convenors will facilitate information sessions on:

  • Workshop 1: Civic Engagement Metrics and Evaluation:  Indicators of Engagement
  • Workshop 2: Community Based Learning – Reflections on Practice
  • Workshop 3: Community-based Research in Action
  • Workshop 4: The National HE Student Volunteering and Student Led Engagement Strategy
  • Workshop 5: Practical strategies for using and developing policy to embed civic engagement in Higher Education.


15.15-16.15pm: Keynote and Q&A Speaker 2:

 Sir David WatsonProf. of Higher Education at the University of Oxford 

“Soft citizenship:” the university and civic engagement

Building on the analysis in his The Question of Conscience: higher education and individual responsibility  (IoE Press, 2014), David Watson will examine the relationship between higher education, the state and civil society, in both an historical and philosophical context.  He will conclude by suggesting that the university has a special role in fostering a type of  “soft citizenship,” structured around personal responsibility and Amartya Sen’s concept of “public reasoning.”

16.15-16.30pm: Closing Comments



Professor Barbara Holland, Talloires Network

Barbata joined the University of Sydney in 2010 after serving as Pro Vice-Chancellor of Engagement at the University of Western Sydney 2007. In her role as Pro Vice-Chancellor of Engagement at the University of Western Sydney she served as the senior executive for engagement and implemented the University’s strategic plan for engagement. She also developed a system to monitor and assess engagement’s impacts on faculty, students, and communities.

A frequent consultant, author, and speaker, she is well-known for her expertise in the areas of organizational change in higher education with a specific emphasis on the implementation and assessment of community-based learning, engaged scholarship, and community-campus partnerships.

In 2006 she received the Research Achievement Award from the International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement.

Sir David Watson took office as the second Principal of Green Templeton College in October 2010. He was appointed Professor of Higher Education in the University from the same date.

He is a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Education, University of London and Adjunct Professor at James Cook University, Queensland. He contributes in particular to the Department’s teaching, research and development activities in higher education.

David was knighted in 1998 for services to higher education. He has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from the Open University, Oxford Brookes University, the University of Southampton, the University of Sussex, the University of Bath, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Brighton, and Keele University, Honorary Fellowships of Queen Mary University of London and the City and Guilds Institute London, and Honorary Membership of the Royal College of Music.

He was previously Professor of Higher Education Management at the Institute of Education, University of London (2005-2010), Vice-Chancellor of the University of Brighton (1990-2005), and Dean and Deputy Director of Oxford Polytechnic (1981-90). He read history at Clare College, Cambridge, where he was a Choral Exhibitioner and Open Scholar. He was a Thouron Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was awarded his doctorate in intellectual history in 1975.

David was a member of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s National Commission on Education (whose report Learning to Succeed was published in 1993), and the National Committee of Inquiry into Higher Education chaired by Sir Ron Dearing (whose report Higher Education in the Learning Society was published in 1997). He chaired the national Inquiry into the Future for Lifelong Learning, and co-authored its report Learning Through Life (2009).



The conference will be held in the PRINTWORKS BUILDING in the lower Castle yard of Dublin Castle

For an interactive map of Dublin Castle click on

Dublin Castle is situated in the very heart of Dublin City, on the south side of the River Liffey (off Dame Street, en route from Trinity College to Christchurch Cathedral), and is approximately a 45-minute taxi ride from Dublin Airport.

From the City Centre:

Dublin Bus routes No.’s 77, 77A, 56A and 49 from Eden Quay and No. 123 from O’Connell Street stop at Palace Street Gate.  For further information on Dublin Bus services log onto

 Car Parking:

There are a number of public car parks nearby. The nearest is: Parkrite Christchurch Car Park, which is located in Werburg Street: Telephone: 00 353 (0) 1 454 0000, Fax 00 353 (0) 1 454 0012, e-mail:

Entrances to Dublin Castle:

PALACE STREET (pedestrian) Gate is directly opposite the Olympia Theatre, Dame Street, and leads into the Lower Castle Yard which is closest to our exact venue, The Printworks, within Dublin Castle.

CORKHILL (pedestrian and formal entrance) Gate is beside City Hall, Dame Street, and leads into the Upper Castle Yard, directly opposite the State Apartments.


Event Date: 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 09 to Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 17