On Friday 13 January, Campus Engage, with the support of the Irish Research Council, launched their report titled “Engaged Research - Society & Higher Education Working Together to Address Grand Societal Challenges". The report provides a stakeholder-informed and action oriented framework for engagement between civic and civil society, industry and professionals in research at higher education institutions; ensuring high quality and impactful research. The report also provides a series of recommendations for higher education institution leaders, research funding organisations, and policy-making bodies to promote excellence in engaged research and to make Ireland the benchmark, the go-to country, for collaboration on international engaged research initiatives.
The Campus Engage Engaged Research Working Group consulted widely during the process of writing the report, culminating in a series of workshops with over 320 participants, across the country during September and October 2016. Representation from the relevant stakeholders at the report launch included higher education research policy makers, research funding agencies, academic researchers and civic and civil society organisations including National Economic Social Council, Irish Cancer Society, Age & Opportunity, Don Bosco Care, Mental Health Ireland, Association for Criminal Justice Research & Development, Muscular Dystrophy Ireland, Trocaire, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, Care Alliance Ireland, Benefacts, Daughters of Charity, Doras Bui, Clann Credo, Third Age, and others.