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January 2013

The Provost of Trinity College, Dr. Patrick Prendergast, has signed the Talloires Declaration on the Civic Roles and Social Responsibilities of Higher Education making Trinity the newest member of an international association of more than two hundred and fifty institutions in sixty seven countries working together to implement the recommendations of the Declaration and build a global movement of engaged universities.

Trinity College is extremely proud of our tradition of outreach activities which are interwoven into the fabric of College Life. We continue to strengthen and develop longstanding partnerships and projects such as the Voluntary Tuition Programme with St. Andrew’s Resource and the Trinity Access Programme. Many of our research centres and themed initiatives, such as the Children’s Research Centre, National Institution for Intellectual Disability and the Trinity International Development Initiative work collaboratively with community practitioners. We have established a specific Civic Engagement function to support student and staff volunteering, curricular service-learning and community action research. Throughout the College there are programmes engaging with local schools and the wider communities, including Bridge 21, Geoschol, the School of Nursing’s ‘Tell Me About’ Lecture Series and the 4 Corners Festival in Belfast to name but a few. The College includes many public interface spaces such as the Science Gallery, Old Library, Douglas Hyde Gallery and the Sports Centre. We also continue to innovate with emerging projects including a Trinity Knowledge Shop enabling students to undertake community research projects as part of their degree, the Student run social enterprise Food Glorious Food and an exploration of a potential University of Third Age hub within the College.

Joining the Talloires Network allows Trinity to share our wealth of experience, gain recognition for our innovative practice on an international stage as well as learn from colleagues engaged in similar work throughout the world. Further information on the Talloires Network is available at

Trinity also gains eligibility for the MacJannet Prize- a monetary award recognising exceptional student community engagement  and community service initiatives. Any initiative or program with significant student leadership which has existed for at least two years is now eligible to be nominated for the MacJannet Prize. Any student or staff member interested in the prize should email a brief overview of the relevent programme to the Civic Engagement Officer ( by 12 pm on Friday January 25th. These expressions of interest will be reviewed and a maximum of two nominees will be notified within five working days to allow time for the full nomination form to be completed.

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Last updated 17 January 2013 Civic Engagement (Email).