4 December 2018

A Celebration event to mark 10 years of DIT's Programme for Students Learning With Communities took place on Monday 26 November in DIT Kevin St, attended by over 80 people. 

DIT Directors, Heads of School, Heads of Function, and Assistant Heads of School received certificates on behalf of 170 DIT academics working with DIT students on curriculum based community engaged projects with DIT community partners, from DIT President Professor Brian Norton.

A selection of speeches providing a range of perspectives on the value and impact of working with students on community engagement projects were given by DIT Professor Norton, DIT Director of Student Development Dr Noel O’Connor, DIT Assistant Head of School Dr Claire McDonnell, DIT graduate and now lecturer Dr Pearl O Rourke, long term DIT community partner Derek Cloughley (Garda Road Safety Unit), and Coordinator of the centre for community based research, the Science Shop, Queens University Belfast, Ms Eileen Martin.

The evening was a lovely occasion to recognise the fantastic curriculum-based community engagement work carried out by academics and students across DIT with community partners over the past ten years. It drew to a close with light refreshments, lots of energising conversations and the blowing out of the candles on the Students Learning with Communities 10th birthday cake!

Congratulations to everyone involved in engaging DIT students through community based learning and research projects! You can read the full list of DIT lecturers and DIT Schools involved in the script for the presentation part of the evening here.

Since 2008, 10,000 students and 170 staff in DIT have collaborated on over 500 projects with more than 100 community partners to develop real-life projects improving the lives of countless individuals while enhancing student learning.

The celebration was followed by a networking event where 6 community partner organisations met lecturers to discuss possible projects.