14 May 2018

Congratulations to all the students and community partners whose work was celebrated at the 10th annual Students Learning With Communities awards ceremony on April 24th. 

Dr Noel O’Connor, Director of Student Development in DIT, welcomed participants and highlighted the importance of these projects for students to develop their skills and experiences by learning from and with communities.

Carol Byrne from Core Youth Service, Inchicore, and the DIT President’s Community Fellow, spoke about many years of experience collaborating with DIT students and staff as a community partner, and how these projects contribute to progressing the goals of the Youth Service, and to encourage young people in Inchicore to think about going to college.

Niamh Cullen, a second year student on the DIT BA in Social Care, described her experience of learning on a community-engaged project, as she and her peers worked with Friends of the Elderly to develop a workshop to prepare Transition Year students for volunteering with the organisation. “My group found the most challenging aspect of the project was ensuring we made it interesting for the TY students. So to keep their attention we set interactive activities and practical exercises for the students to complete in the workshop and to stimulate a deeper understanding of the struggles older people face on a daily basis. For example, we stood behind a student with noise cancelling headphones on and asked, ‘Do you want a cup of tea?’ to show how people with hearing difficulties benefit from face-to-face interactions and clear questions."

Students from across Business, Engineering, Science, Hospitality Management and Tourism, Art and Design, Social Science, and Computing received awards, alongside community partners.

The full selection of photos from the awards can be seen at