The Centre for Planning, Education and Research was approached by local communities in Cork to assist them in formulating community action plans. Collaboration was possible by academic staff supervising student group projects that matched the skills of the students to the needs of the community groups. In 2013, two graduates transformed a research project into a “grassroots-led” regeneration plan for MacCurtain St in Cork City. M.Plan students worked in close collaboration with the Youghal Socio-Economic Development Group and made a formal presentation to the community, local businesses and the Town Council as part of an ongoing consultation exercise for the Youghal Town Centre Strategy. In 2014, M.Plan students started a new project resulting in the submission of a Planning Study based on the town of Passage West.
The School of Education founded and co-lead a cross border initiative ‘All Ireland, All Active’ with the University of Ulster which examines the links between physical activity and obesity in young people. It provides academics, practitioners, politicians, policy makers, parents, active sport participants and industry partners a space to collaborate to develop common pedagogical
(teaching and learning) strategies in Sport and Physical Activity settings across schools, clubs and communities on the Island of Ireland. Students have become involved and B.Ed. students are involved in community-based volunteering to encourage fundamental movement skills for people with disabilities in the Glen in Cork City.
The Department of Irish fosters engagement with the wider community on an on-going basis through its promotion of Irish literature and poetry through readings and workshops, its language courses in UCC and Gaeltacht locations and by offering translation assistance to community groups and public bodies.