The Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI) fosters community university partnerships that aim to promote the principles and practices of civic engagement and democracy.

Event Details

Civic Engagement Module Opportunity

Thursday, 9th of January 2014 (13:00 – 16:00) @ NUI Galway

The CKI at NUI Galway is delighted to be able to offer places to academic staff/lecturers on the Civic Engagement module as part of the PG Diploma in Academic Practice, commencing on Thursday 9th January, 23rd January, 6th February, 20th February, 6th March, 20th March with an end of term Presentation Day in June 2014 (date TBC) (1pm to 4pm) in the Arts Millennium Building at NUI Galway.

As part of our ongoing commitment to civic engagement within higher education nationally and the HEA supported Campus Engage, this module is offered for free to academic staff within the higher education sector. This module, which can be taken on a stand-alone basis or as part of the Postgraduate Diploma provides an exciting opportunity to not just learn more about this key aspect but also to actively participate in discussion, debate and the design of new programmes and initiatives in this area. Full participation and completion of the module will yield 10 ECTS which can be either put towards the Postgraduate Diploma or used as RPL/professional credits for other purposes. Amongst the topics covered in the module supported by a range of guest speakers from the university and community sectors are:

  • conception of the ‘university' and its role within society;
  • models and approaches to civic engagement and higher education;
  • exploration of service or community based learning, volunteering and engaged research;
  • perspectives from community partners on community university partnerships and impact.

This is the fifth year that the Civic Engagement module has been offered and over 60 academic staff from across the island of Ireland have participated. Many who have partaken in the module have gone onto creat civic engagement opportunities for students and community.

Further information can be obtained from Lorraine McIlrath ( or 091 495234). To reserve a place please email Irín Ní Chualáin on, copying Places are limited and should be booked as soon as possible.