Curricular civic engagement

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Curricular civic engagement involves students, staff, and external partners working collaboratively, using both disciplinary and community expertise, to address real-world challenges, as part of an academic programme. These activities help students to realise the public purposes of their academic disciplines and to develop the capacity and motivation to deeply understand and collaboratively address our greatest societal challenges.  They are also associated with improved student satisfaction, retention, performance, and employability. 

This group will explore the extent of curricular civic engagement activities at the University of Birmingham, and then support and evaluate new pilot activities in a range of disciplines, to demonstrate efficacy and feasibility.  The group’s aim is to make civic engagement a distinctive feature of a University of Birmingham education and establish us as UK leaders in this arena.


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