Engaged Learning, also called community-based learning or service learning, gives students the opportunity to apply skills and knowledge from their academic studies to a real-world question, by working in partnership with community organisations through a variety of methods including consultancy, placements and co-production.
Projects are mutually beneficial with a range of benefits for students, community partners and the University including:
- Providing challenging, innovative and collaborative learning experiences – meeting a key aspiration of the Bristol Futures Curriculum Framework
- Developing student’s skills, knowledge and attributes
- Gives the opportunity for students to gain insight into the challenges facing community organisations preparing them for life beyond university
- Added capacity for community organisations
- Provides an opportunity for local community knowledge to be combined with academic knowledge
- Supports the University’s aspirations to become a Global Civic University.
The Careers Service and BILT facilitate the Engaged Learning Community, a peer support network for academics and professional service staff interested in engaged learning opportunities.