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.
Last in the series, we have SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals
In celebration of Global Goals Week, we held webinars showcasing the initiatives institutions are conducting that contribute to the SDGs. These were bite-size webinars, just 15...
On 25th September 2018 the Community Engagement Topic Support Network met to discuss: Keep Scotland Beautiful's Community Engagement (Heather...
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A collaboration between Glasgow School of Art, University of Glasgow and Glasgow City Council; helping communicate sustainability data better and engage staff and students.
Many institutions struggle to implement an institution-wide programme for recycling and reusing their electronic waste. University of the Highlands and Islands’ Perth...
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