Focuses on the application and provision of institutional resources (facilities, events, services, general information) for community use.
Community Contribution uses a variety of delivery strategies to make the intellectual expertise of University staff accessible to the public (speeches, media interviews, professional development, adult education, public information materials, exhibits, other events, etc.).
The public is the recipient and beneficiary of public service and is not usually involved in planning or delivering the activity. Academic knowledge is conveyed or delivered to the public community without expectation or intent that any knowledge or expertise flow back to the university. The primary benefit to the university for public service is good will - positive image, reputation and visibility.
Community Contribution differs from personal service and volunteerism in community in that it draws on intellectual expertise and represents the university's interests. For the purposes of data collection we also include service to academic profession and societies in this section.
Definition of University-Community Engagement
University-Community Engagement describes the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional, state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial creation and exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.
Purpose of Community Engagement
The purpose of community engagement is the partnership (of knowledge and resources) between universities and the public and private sectors to enrich the scholarship, research and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues and contribute to our social responsibility.
The purposes of this system is to capture, update and enable Western Sydney University to report on its engagement activities with communities of the Greater Western Sydney region, the state and beyond. This system allows both university and community members to explore partnership activities through a range of categories and via keyword search. Western Sydney University also use the data to extract and print reports. University leaders of each activity are able to add new data, edit or update previously entered data or save and return to their entries. The data covers ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIP activities which includes engaged teaching, learning or research and COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION activities which includes the provision of services to academic profession and societies.
The system is sponsored by the Office of Engagement
To ensure coordination of our partnership work, if you are planning to contact any partner listed on TICE, we suggest that you discuss this with the University project leader in the first instance. Many thanks for your cooperation.