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Community-Engaged Learning Small Projects 2020/21

Community Engaged Learning Small Projects

The Exeter Education Incubator exists to support education innovation across the University. In November, we announced the ‘Community Engaged Learning’ small grants. These are part-funded by the Erasmus+ project Communities and Students Together (CaST), which aims to develop innovative engaged learning programmes across six European partner institutions 

The panel met on 21st December 2020 to discuss the projects and decide those that would be funded in this project call. The successful project leads and their departments are:

- Francesco Goglia - Modern Languages and Cultures

- Olya Petrakova-Brown - Drama

- Fabrizio Nevola - Art History and Visual Culture

What do we mean by innovations in Community-Engaged Learning?

Community-Engaged Learning combines academic teaching and research with social commitment. The term encompasses a wide range of methods and programmes where Higher Education Institutions try to meet the needs of both their students and community partners. Students extend and deepen their university learning by participating in contexts outside of their HEI. Community partners should benefit from the partnership with students and the University. Both groups work together to address societal concerns, challenges or needs while producing knowledge in an equitable way. 

Education innovations are authentically embedded in their context.  Something can be an innovation because it has not been tried in a particular context, independent of whether it is done elsewhere. The value of any innovation rests on the case made for trying it in your context, though the case for an innovation is strengthened if you can demonstrate an understanding of what can be learnt from other contexts.  

What will successful projects do? 

Successful applicants will need to carry out the project as set out in their application. There will be a light-touch project management structure run by the Education Incubator, which you will need to participate in. You will need to collect data on the impact of your project to help facilitate an evaluation of your work. This will be discussed at the beginning of the project.  

We ask that successful projects disseminate their progress through Incubator blogs and events such as the Café we hold each July.  

Those running the project will have the opportunity to join the community of Education Incubator Fellows and to participate at Incubator-run training and other events. There will also be the opportunity to take part in events and conferences run as part of the wider CaST project to share learning with CaST partners:

  • Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg (Germany) 

  • Università degli Studi di Parma (Italy) 

  • Universidad de Málaga (Spain) 

  • Universiteit Gent (Belgium)  

  • Turun Yliopisto (Finland) 

  • University of Exeter 

Who do I get in touch with if I have any questions? 

Please email the Incubator on