Edinburgh Local

Edinburgh Local Showcase: Engagement in the Curriculum

On Tuesday 14 May the University hosted a showcase of some of the fantastic work being carried out by our students in partnership with local schools and community organisations. 

Community engagement in the curriculum showcase
Community engagement in the curriculum showcase

Attendees heard from our Principal and Assistant Principal for Community Relations about the importance of ‘learning by doing’ for students at the University. Representatives from a community partner  also spoke about the benefits of students offering their enthusiasm and expertise to projects within the community. 

Hearing from our students themselves about the benefits of getting involved in local community projects as a way of settling into Edinburgh, learning new life skills and feeling part of the community was also a highlight of the night.

Attendees were then invited to walk around the showcase to learn about a range of projects that University students have undertaken in partnership with local schools and community organisations. Both students and their project partners were present to talk about the difference that these projects make in the wider community. There was a particular focus on projects undertaken as part of the University of Edinburgh’s Geosciences and Psychology Outreach and Engagement courseswhere students get credit towards their degrees as a result of the projects.

A wide range of people attended the event, including members of the community, local councillors, school teachers and University students and staff. 

Studying at UoE: everyone is welcome

One of the projects showcased at the event was led by Geosciences student Gabriele Negro and aimed to inspire school children in Edinburgh from underrepresented backgrounds to take up science at University in line with the University's Widening Participation Strategy. 

Gabriele Negro produced a short video to inspire the school children. 


Watch the video


Find out more

This event was organised in partnership between the Edinburgh Local team and the Geosciences and Psychology Outreach and Engagement course organisers. If you would like to find out about how your local organisation to participate in one these outreach and engagement projects, please email local@ed.ac.uk or call 0131 651 5000.