Universities and colleges are now expected to demonstrate their value to wider society. They are often uniquely placed to engage with their communities and the wider public in ways which support the development of sustainable local communities.
Institutions can function as important conduits for partnership working by stimulating and supporting meaningful relationships for mutual benefit within the wider community, using internal expertise to contribute to local strategic partnerships and energising them to contribute to an area’s regeneration or development. Outreach programmes and/or activities to widen participation and promote inclusion in the local area can also contribute significantly to the development of otherwise neglected sections of society.
Institutions are also often significant contributors to the local economy, whether directly through the procurement of local products and services or indirectly by strengthening the resilience of the local workforce by supporting skills development.
EAUC-Scotland's Community Engagement Topic Support Network (TSN) is open to all, providing an opportunity for those working in or with the further and higher education sector to share ideas and questions and to get together to hear from particular speakers or discuss topics of interest. Find out more about the TSNs here.
Academic researcher Callum Egan, working in the field of human-computer interaction, is developing permaculture-inspired sustainability gardens at Edinburgh Napier...
The University of Westminster is take a different approach to communicating the benefits of going vegetarian by using the 'Part-time Carnivore Loyalty Card'
The benefits of introducing a joint role between the Catering Department and Sustainability Team.
The University of Cambridge’s Sustainable Food Policy aims to reduce the central catering department’s impact on the environment through, among other initiatives,...
Bridgend College Sustainability Policy Statement
Cross Atlantic project-based learning - a tale of two Worcesters
UWE supporting Bristol’s One City Plan
Rethinking rehabilitation - connecting communities through craft
Uni-link buses for better air
Positive Impact Partners: Building capacity through partnerships
A whole institution approach to combating modern slavery
Project SCENe: Sustainable Community Energy Networks
Turnaround - 360 degrees different
On the 27th of April 2018, UN House Scotland (UNHS) hosted the conference ‘Scotland’s Path to Climate Justice’ in the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation....
This session will present the experiences of working in partnership with a third-party provider to implement a ‘mass’ staff engagement platform that rewards staff -...
The session will emphasise practical student’s engagement through partnership and involving community into the curriculum.
This session will provide delegates with the opportunity to workshop their ideas for living lab projects at their own institutions.
EAUC-Scotland's virtual 'Promoting Sustainable Behaviours Sharing Series' June edition discussed Staff Business Travel. We have produced a best practice...