Launch of the EAUC's Living Lab Research
5th June 2017
It is time for collective action.
If we are going to reduce the ever-increasing pressure on university and college academics, researchers, students and professional staff, we need a better way to collaborate together.
Today, on World Environment Day (5th June 2017), EAUC launches its Living Labs Research. A university or college Living Lab is where real-world institutional problems are addressed in new dynamic partnerships between all the institution's stakeholder groups. A Living Lab facilitates a bridge of collaboration which liberates intellectual potential to address its own practical challenges. Surprisingly, a Lab does not necessarily demand a significant amount of additional resource; it simply helps identify existing resources and redirects them to the right problems.
The potential is transformational. Living Labs promise the opportunity of applied learning and employability skills for students, problem-solving for campus managers, a rich and real-world learning experience for academics and a redefined student experience and new levels of student retention and satisfaction for managers.
Recognising this, the EAUC has invested into in-depth, world-leading research which we publish today. Living Labs are at the heart of the new EAUC 2021 strategy and provide the practical means to make sustainability not only ‘good business’ but the new norm in how we all work.
Start by reading our overview of this research here:
Living Labs Brief: What are they? And why are they crucial for post-16 education?
If you want to develop your understanding of where the Living Lab sits within a post-16 institution read:
A Revolution for Post-16 Education - Part 1: A Case for the Living Lab
If you want to understand the academic research behind the Living Lab concept read:
A Revolution for Post-16 Education - Part 2: How do Living Labs Work?
Finally, if you would like to stay up-to-date with EAUC's Living Lab research and work, join our Living Lab Community of Practice here.