Community Engagement at the University of Edinburgh

Community Engagement at the University of Edinburgh


Although the University of Edinburgh is in the top 20 universities globally, which you would think would be one of the biggest appeals for students coming to Edinburgh, it’s actually the city itself that makes
the big difference. “Contributing locally” is one of the big
themes in the University Strategic Plan. We are doing great education and
we’re doing wonderful research, but if that research and education does not have a wider social impact, then what is it for? So we’ve published a Community Engagement Strategy. We are aiming to put
our research and our education in the service of the community, and that is
built on a symbiotic relationship with the community; so not a kind of
top-down expert to local community, it’s actually working with local communities.
So we’re trying to be a University that’s in and with and for its
community, not doing things to it. We have now developed “Edinburgh Local” as one of the ways in which we’re going to build that relationship. We have a button on
the very front page of the website University website that says “Local”, and
if you click on that you can see a whole raft of activity that is
associated with the community and ways in which the local community can
get involved with the University. We want the University to be open to its
community, we want people to come into the University, and we also want to take
the University out into the community. Community engagement goes to the heart of what a university is, what modern universities should actually be doing,
and I’m very excited to be involved in this. It’s what I became an academic for,
and I know that there are many academics across the University and students who
also agree with me.

Leave a Response

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *