Students Learning With Communities 10 Year Anniversary

A number of lecturers from the School of Computer Science received awards last Monday from the President of DIT on the 10th anniversary of the Students Learning with Communities programme.

Beginning in 2008, the Students Learning with Communities (SLWC)  has involved over 10,000 students and 170 staff in DIT collaborating on over 500 projects in Ireland and internationally. The SLWC programme is managed and run by the Access and Civic Engagement Office in DIT and allows students to improve their learning on a range of subjects in collaboration with a community organisation on a specific project or task. The programme is mutually beneficial, progressing the community partner's goals while they also become part of the education process contributing to the academic and professional development of the student.

For students in the School of Computer Science it offers  them the opportunity to become involved in projects with communities, and to date the Schools has been involved in numerous such collaborative projects. For example:


  • St John of Gods Menni Services - The School has worked closely for many years with Orlagh Gregory from St John of Gods Menni Services


  • Wells for Zoe  - Since 2010 third year Computer Science students choosing an elective entitled ‘Service Learning and Engagement’ have travelled to Malawi to complete a needs analysis with Wells for Zoe with the aim of researching, designing and implementing technology-related solutions to specific infrastructural needs


The Awards in this instance were an opportunity to commend the staff who have over the past ten years put time and valuable input into a whole range of SLWC projects. These have included

  • Damian Bourke

  • Dr Bianca Schoen Phelan

  • Dr Fred Mtenzi

  • Dr. John Gilligan

  • Dr John McAuley

  • Paul Bourke

  • Dr Svetlana Hensman

  • Deirdre Lawless

  • Leslie Shoemaker

  • Damian Gordon

  • Dr Ciaran O'Leary


You can find more information about Students Learning with Communities and the contact details of DIT Access and Civic Engagement staff on its website.


DIT Computing November 2018.