Campus Engage Symposium: Campus-Community Partnerships: Conversations for Change


17th June 2014, Printworks, Dublin Castle, 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

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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:

Barbara Holland, Talloires Network – click here for bio

Barbara HollandSocietal 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 Roundtable – 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: The National HE Student Volunteering and Student Led Engagement Strategy
  • Workshop 4: Civic Engagement Policy Drivers

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

Sir David Watson, Professor of Higher Education at the University of Oxford – click here for bio

David Watson 2“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



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.

SHIPSTREET (vehicular and pedestrian) Gate, off Werburg Street, allows access to the western side of the Castle complex.