Students Learning with Communities

‌Have you thought about how much you could learn by working in collaboration with an underserved community partner?



Your developing skills could be relevant to their goals, and you could learn from them about how your discipline works in practice, and about the role of your future profession in society. 

If you are in the early years of your study, you should talk to your lecturers about this. They may already have a community-engaged learning project up and running on your programme, in which you can take part. If you're coming to the end of your studies, particularly in your final year, or about to take a work placement module, you may be in a position to choose your own project or thesis topic, and you might like to consider working in collaboration with an underserved community group. 

As a first step you might like to browse our list of current research ideas from community partners. Talk to your project supervisor for advice, and/or contact us for support. We look forward to working with you. 

‌As a student learning with communities, you're more likely to retain what you have learned on your course by applying it to real-life projects, as well as deepening your learning generally. You're more likely to be an attractive potential employee because of this relevant practical experience and a range of professional transferable skills, including time management, project management, communications and presentation skills, as well as problem-solving and critical thinking skills. You are also more likely to enjoy your college experience, and who knows where the links you make in the community will take you? 

Careers Service:

You might also like to link in with the Careers Service, who can help you think through how getting involved in learning with communities can increase your employability and enhance your career development. You can read more about the Careers Service here. If you are thinking about work placement options, you can compare the benefits of a traditional industrial work placement with a community-based research work placement here

LEAD module:

If you're not a final year student, but are actively involved in a leadership role in extra-curricular or co-curricular activities, you might like to gain academic credits and build your professional skills portfolio through another route - the LEAD module. You can find information on the LEAD module website here.