Carlow College launches Civic Engagement Hub with inaugural Engagement Week

Carlow College launched its new Civic Engagement Hub to promote the contribution students and staff make across the College and wider community.

The Civic Engagement Hub aims to:

  • facilitate and support staff and students in their contributions to community engagement in the various different areas of community engagement activities. 
  • promote community engagement as a valued and essential activity of the College community.
  • develop an overall profile of the public and civic engagement activities undertaken by the College community.

To launch the Civic Engagement Hub, the College hosted its inaugural Engagement Week from the 6th – 10th March comprising a series of public lectures, workshops and exhibitions.

The establishment of the Hub is also in tune with the National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030.  Civic Engagement forms a very important aspect of that report where it articulates that:

“Engagement with the wider community must become more firmly embedded in the mission of higher education institutions. Higher education institutions need to become more firmly embedded in the social and economic contexts of the communities they live in and serve.”

Commenting on the launch, Chair of the Civic Engagement Hub, Michael Sherman, said: “The Hub is a visible promotion of community engagement  as a valued and essential activity of the College community.  The Hub particularly encourages staff and student engagement with diverse intercultural groups, minority groups, businesses, industries, and other organisations that share similar values and objectives.”

Women in the Workplace

Women in Education & Work Lecture

Lecturers in Psychology, Clare King & Miriam King explored some of the psychological phenomena that impact girls' academic choices and subsequent career paths.


STAND Workshop Gender Equality

Carmel Irandoust from STAND will hold a talk and workshop on Gender Equality and Sustainable Development


International Women's Day

The College celebrated IWD 2023 with a range of events including coffee morning, archive displays, mural chalk drawing and a lecture on Iris Murdoch.

Against the clock

Staff vs Students Chess Challenge

Launching the social Chess Club within the College saw lunchtime challenges of staff vs students over the week.


Finding God in Video Games Lecture

Dr Frank Bosman, Lecturer in Theology at Tilburg University, visited the College for a lecture exploring religious symbolism and context through Video Games.


Living Synodality Now Symposium

A one-day symposium on the Synodal Pathway and its implications for faith life in contemporary Ireland jointly organised by SETU and Carlow College, St Patrick’s.

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