Students Learning with Communities

Looking for a topic for your final year project or thesis (undergraduate or postgraduate)?‌‌‌‌ 

Are you interested in collaborating with a community/not-for-profit partner on a real-life project? If you would like to contact us we will help you get started and connect you with communities.


Students Learning With Communities coordinates community-based research within TU Dublin city campus, in response to questions and concerns from underserved community groups and organisations (community-based research is also known as community-engaged research, or 'science shop' in mainland Europe, although it's not confined to science).

Interested students can conduct this research, in collaboration with the community partner who suggested the topic, as part of their accredited studies. This is usually a final year self-directed project or thesis, or a postgraduate research project. ‌

We regularly update a list of project ideas from underserved community partners who don't have the resources to do the research themselves. These requests for research cover a wide range of topics - both applied and theoretical. If you are a student looking for an idea for a research project (or lecturer looking for an idea for their student(s)) then please check out the project ideas, which are grouped into broad discipline areas. Then contact us for more details or to discuss an idea you might have.

We will ask you to go through an application process (see our process map for student projects (individual) for details) which will begin with you filling out the application form for students. You might also like to look at our collaborative research agreement form, which all partners normally complete and sign at the first meeting at the start of a project, as well as our guidelines on roles for students, community partner and lecturers‌. You can also view previously completed research projects by other students in collaboration with community partners.

If you are looking to find out more about Community Engaged Research internationally, you may wish to visit the Living Knowledge Network, or in the Irish context you might like to see the Campus Engage website for the very useful Engaged Research resources - 'how to' guides and report on engaged research in Ireland