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.